LeanIn.org and McKinsey &Company just
released a fascinating study on “Women in the
Workplace.” The study is about the state of
women in Corporate America. What this study
found is that “Corporate America is not on a path
to gender equality.”
What makes this study even more credible is
that they also conducted it in 2012 which means
they were able to use the former study as a base-
line for progress in 2015.
The bottom line is that, in a three-year period,
there has been a minimal increase of just 0.9% in
female representation in the C-Suite.
In the introduction, three points were made
about the progress of women in Corporate
1. Women are still underrepresented at every
level in the corporate pipeline. Many assume
this is because women are leaving companies
at higher rates than men or due to difficulties balancing work and family. However, the
analysis tells a more complex story: women
face greater barriers to advancement and a
steeper path to senior leadership.
Female leadership is imperative for organizations that want to perform at the highest
levels. Yet, based on the slow rate of progress
over the last three years, it will take 25 years
to reach gender parity at the senior-VP level
and more than 100 years in the C-Suite.
While CEO commitment to gender diversity
is high, organizations need to make a significant and sustained investment to change
company practices and culture so women can
achieve their full potential.
The Pipeline of Workers
One hundred eighteen (118) companies sub-
tted data for employees, including gender, level,
e or staff role, tenure, attrition, and full-time vs.
From this information, data was gathered that
created the “pipeline” of employees from entry-level positions through C-Suite. This pipeline
showed the difference between the 2012 data
This study caught my attention, and I thought it
would be a great read for our subscribers as well.
Here are some of the highlights; yet, to truly get a
feel for the intricacies of what the study is telling
us, I recommend downloading it from our website.