Women are not a common sight in most executive suites. The number of females in C-level positions is surprisingly low.
The problem is compounded by the fact that women rarely hold the roles that lead to the executive suite – even though research has shown that when women participate in leadership, companies tend to have better performance and return on investment.
Yet, there are very few women in management roles, and the number of female managers decreases the further up the hierarchy you go.
The Current State of Women in Leadership Roles
While women occupy 60% of junior positions, they are sorely underrepresented as you move up the corporate hierarchy . Only 50% of middle management and just 20% of senior management are female. In the C-suite, women have roughly 10% of the roles there and the percentage of females in executive roles is even lower. According to Pew Research, only 5.1% of executives at S&P 1500 companies are female – and that isn’t likely to change anytime soon.