the future of gender equity: predictions and pathways
We surveyed more than 350 Chief members about what they think the future holds and what it will take to reach gender parity faster. In a year when women collectively lost decades of progress in the workforce, their insights are a call to action for leaders across the country.
PREDICTIONS: the TIMELINE OF GENDER PARITY
*Timeline based on average year members expect to reach parity.
PATHWAYS: HOW DO WE GET THERE?
Prioritize Equal Pay and Representation in Corporate Leadership
Implement National Legislative Policies
76% Said that national legislation is very important to ensure that women have an equal chance of achieving success and pay parity at work as their male counterparts
45% However, even with a record-breaking number of women in Congress and Cabinet positions, only 45% of respondents feel the administration is poised to act on these women-supporting policy initiatives
Leave a Legacy for Those Behind You
Focus on the Most Vulnerable Groups
- 49% of Chief members who identify as BIPOC said that companies are listening to and better equipping BIPOC women for success, compared to 50% of white members
- 26% of BIPOC members said their companies are not supporting BIPOC employees, versus 16% of white members.
equipping women for the future
Mentorship: Paying It Forward
Despite having an average of 0-3 mentors throughout their careers, 73% of Chief members mentor 4+ mentees today. Nearly 30% of members said they currently have more than 10 mentees.
67% said they had only 0-3 mentors themselves
49% reported having 7+ mentees over their professional career
Collaboration: Creating Powerful Networks
Chief Members Look Future Forward
“We are now actively mobilizing across many forums. Finally, we are collaborating to find our collective voice.”
“I'm most hopeful about the impact we will have. So many questions and challenges aren't answered because no one is there to even ask the questions. Bringing more women and BIPOC into leadership positions will change everything.”
“Women are supporting women more than ever and are pulling each other up while pushing on the historic norms. That is what will continue to drive change. Men are also starting to change the conversation.”
“I’m most hopeful that a broader representation of voices will be raised up and heard. Women are more open to experiencing things in a new way. As a woman of color, this is very important to me.”
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