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Women In Leadership and Gender Parity

Workplace equality between the sexes has long been a challenge for organizations worldwide. Women make up almost half¹ of the workforce, yet the majority of them are still not receiving equal compensation² or equal opportunities to develop and advance. While progress has been made through awareness efforts and education, a challenging environment still exists for women – and especially for women leaders aspiring to executive leadership roles. When respondents to Brandon Hall Group’s Women in Leadership Study were asked to rate their organizations on gender parity, 12% said they had an equal number of men and women in C-level positions.

¹Women comprised 47% of the civilian U.S. workforce in 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Labor

²Overall, women earned 78.6% of what men earned in 2014, according to the U.S. Department of Labor

Top Barriers to Leadership for Women






Inadequate management of leadership pipeline

Limited targeted development to grow women's leadership capabilities

Lack of role models

Lack of gender diversity awareness among management

Lack of appreciation for expertise women can offer



Research by Brandon Hall Group and Blue Circle Leadership Institute shows women hold less than one-quarter of technology roles in 67% of organizations and less than one-half of technology roles in 87% of organizations. Lack of role models and targeted development to grow leadership capabilities are seen as the biggest barriers to women in technology leadership. But perhaps the biggest problem is the divergent views between men and women on what are the top challenges.

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