Glass-ceiling update: A snapshot of women in leadership positions
The White House Project, a nonprofit organization that worked to advance women in leadership positions, closed its doors a year ago because of fundraising challenges. But that didn’t stop the group’s research partner, the University of Denver’s Colorado Women’s College, from completing and releasing an updated report. “Benchmarking Women’s Leadership in the United States” examined the prevalence of women at the top of several different sectors, including business and politics, and offered recommendations for improvement.
According to Tiffani Lennon, the author and lead researcher of the new report, the original White House Project staffers’ approach “was very novel in that they sought to compile in one report, if you will, a complete snapshot of women’s leadership.”
Lennon and her colleagues recently found that not much has changed in the four years since the previous study. On average, women still hold fewer than 20 percent of leadership positions across all sectors. Using both primary research and secondary sources, the updated report also went beyond the original by making comparisons between the general prevalence of women at the top and the frequency with which women appear among many of the sectors’ top performers — the prizewinners, bestsellers or top grant recipients. Here is a look at a few numbers from the report, as well as other key figures that reflect the state of women at the top.