Beyoncé says it is girls and we wish she was right. Unfortunately, even though women earn 60 percent of all undergraduate degrees and 60 percent of all master's degrees they still lag far behind men when it comes to holding positions of leadership. The statistics speak for themselves.
- Women make up only 14.6 percent of executive officers and only 4.6 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs.
- They hold just 16.9 percent of Fortune 500 board seats.
- Women account for just 16 percent of all directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers and editors who worked on the top-grossing 250 films of 2013.
- The percentage of women on all U.S. corporate boards has been stuck in the 12.1 to 12.3 percent range for the past decade.
- In the decade leading up to 2012 the number of women elected to Congress remained basically flat, and the number of women in state legislatures actually decreased by three.
- Women hold only 18.5 percent of congressional seats and just 20 percent of U.S. Senate positions.
- They make up only 10 percent of state governors.
Based on the current rate of change it is estimated that it will take until 2085 for women and men to have equal representation in leadership roles in our country. As a member of Gamma Phi Beta you are taking a step to becoming a stronger leader. Gamma Phi Beta can be a great place to learn leadership skills such as team work, communication and time management, just to name a few. These skills translate to other campus organizations, the workplace and your community. Gamma Phi Beta builds confident women of character and we can't think of a better type of woman to become the next board member, CEO, director or government official.
Statistics for this post were gathered from “Fact Sheet: The Women’s Leadership Gap,” by Judith Warner. To read the full report, visit https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/women/report/2014/03/07/85457/fact-sheet-the-womens-leadership-gap/.