Lets address statistics:
How Many Female Leaders are There?
Women are 46.7% of the U.S. working population. Fewer than 15% of them hold leadership positions despite ample evidence which suggests promoting women generates significant returns for business.
Women received a 53% overall leadership effectiveness score as compared to 49% for male participants in a 2011 study (Zenger Folkman Study).
Expectation ... at this rate
2030 is the year in which 73% of executives estimate global C-levels will reach gender equality.
The Tipping Point
According to women = "laws to ensure equal pay for women who do the same job".
According to men = "stakeholder pressure"
What do Millennials Say?
76% of millennial executives state gender equality at C-level is important to them.
Women Executive Input?
68% of women executives believe women's contributions are undervalued by men.
Only 30% of executives report that their companies are Gender-Forward-Pioneers (aka GFPs).
Also, 56% of C-level executives report that their companies do not have a formalized goal for achieving gender parity or don't know if they do.
Who Wants C-level Position?
76% of women indicate that they are seeking C-level executive positions, compared to only 56% of men.
Is All This Buzz working?
Only 68% of executives report that they are aware of public attention to C-level gender equality in the past three years.
Is The Media on This?
North America has only shown a 54% increase in media coverage on women CEOs.
Value of Work
68% of women executives believe that women’s contributions are undervalued by men, according to Gender Equality in the Executive Ranks report.
CEO positions and Top Earners
According to Catalyst, as of August 2017 women currently hold 26 (5.2%) of CEO positions at S&P 500 companies. Women also make up 9.5% of top earners in S&P 500 companies. http://www.catalyst.org/knowledge/women-ceos-sp-500
Degree or no degree?
Women are now more likely to have a college degree than men. In 2015, 29.9% of men had a bachelor's degree, while 30.2% of women did, according to the Census bureau. Ten years earlier, 28.5% of men achieved bachelor's degree, while only 26% of women did.
Increase Global Output
In 2015 McKinsey Global Institute estimated that a scenario in which women achieved complete gender parity with men could increase global output by more than one-quarter relative to a business-as-usual scenario. (worldwide)
Women in Government
U.S. State legislators are 75% men and 25% women according. In the U.S. Congress 19% were women and 81% were men. In addition, only 12% of U.S. Governors are women. These stats come from AAUW 2016 data. http://www.aauw.org/files/2017/03/barriersbias-one-pager-nsa.pdf
Women and Innovation
Dezso and Gaddis Ross 2011 study found that adding women leaders improves performance in innovation-oriented firms