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Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Are Women Holding Themselves Back?
As we recently celebrated International Women’s Day, let's consider:
64% of women have the lowest position in law firms, such as staff attorney jobs, while only 17% garner top spots such as equity partners, reports the National Association of Women Lawyers.
While women make up nearly two-thirds of the U.S. workforce and are more educated, they hold less than 20% of leadership positions across all sectors, finds a University of Denver study.
Based on median annual earnings for full-time year-round workers, women earned 76.5% of men’s earnings in 2012, finds a Catalyst survey.
While 70% of 4,100 professionals surveyed in 32 countries by Accenture say that the number of women in leadership roles will increase by 2020, there are still problems in female advancement in the workplace.
Do you think women are getting ahead? Your answer may depend on where you work, your profession or your race. Because even thought leaders can’t seem to agree on what women should — or should not — be doing in order to move into leadership roles.
For example, Dr. Lois P. Frankel wrote in her book that women undermine themselves in dozens of unconscious ways, such as giving limp handshakes, (read more here)