There is still work that can be done

Deborah Gillis, President and CEO, Catalyst

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Although women are making strides in the corporate world, there is still work that can be done to level the landscape.

As a global nonprofit focused on empowering and accelerating women in business, our research from Catalyst shows the needle is moving, albeit slowly.

In nearly 10 years, the number of women in senior roles in the United States increased just one percentage point.

At S&P 500 companies, overall women’s representation is far behind: 5.2 percent CEOs, 11 percent top earners and 26.5 percent senior-level officials and managers. Less than 5 percent of senior level positions are held by women of color.

Men still lead more than 95 percent of the most powerful companies in the United States.

On March 7, the eve of International Women’s Day 2018, dozens of global companies “lit up” their buildings and skylines with the female symbol as part of the Catalyst Skyline Takeover, which is a visual realization of the international business community’s commitment to greater diversity, inclusion and gender equality in workplaces around the world.

Last year, we had State Street’s ‘Fearless Girl’ standing up to business on behalf of women and girls. This year, we have businesses rallying together to stand up for gender equality.

These companies are driving positive change in their workplaces and literally shining a spotlight on the need for all of us to do more, because they recognize that progress for women is progress for everyone.”




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