Women in Leadership
Women make up half the US workforce, yet they are promoted to leadership positions at a rate far lower than are their male colleagues. What accounts for this leadership gap? How can organizations foster and develop women leaders? Studies show that having women in these positions brings many benefits to an organization, including greater accountability and a culture of work-life balance. Yet, it can be difficult to determine the barriers to women’s advancement, and even more difficult to surmount them. Learning how to foster and develop women as leaders not only benefits individual employees, but can benefit your entire organization.
Women and the Workforce
American women have always been part of the paid workforce, since the earliest days of our history. Since the 1940s, increasing numbers of women have been entering the paid workforce, and today the number of American women who are employed outside the home is the greatest it’s ever been. Women are a key part of our economy and our organizations, yet they lag behind men in assuming leadership positions.
50% of the Population
Women make up a little more than half – 51.1% — of the United States population. In the US, as in many countries around the world, women are the primary homemakers and caregivers, even when they have outside employment. Women are powerful consumers, and make a large share of the decisions about household expenditures. In spite of the fact that they make up half the population, women are underrepresented in many of the most vital areas of society, including government, finance, and business. While the number of women in these areas has been growing steadily over the last decades, women still do not occupy positions of power at a level that reflects their numbers.
With this course, you will learn how women are changing the workforce. Through this course, you will gain a new perspective on the workforce, and what benefits can come from hiring and promoting women to higher positions.
- Discuss the leadership gap between men and women
- Learn about women in various powerful positions
- Discuss different traits associated with women in management
- Understand the different barriers facing women in leadership positions
- Learn about the benefits of having women in the workforce
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