Women in the Workplace Still Face More Barriers to the Top

Sacha Strebe

Despite powerful women leading the charge and more CEOs committed to gender diversity, women still aren't breaking through the glass ceiling. According to a new LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Co.Women in the Workplace 2015 study released today, women are "underrepresented at every corporate level." One hundred and eighteen companies and nearly 30,000 employees participated in the comprehensive study, "sharing their pipeline data, HR practices, and attitudes on gender and job satisfaction." About three quarters of companies in 2015 say gender diversity is a top-three or top-10 priority for their CEO, up from 56% in 2012, but it seems the message isn't reaching employees, because less than half of them believe gender diversity is a top priority for their CEO. So why are women still finding it tough to get to the top? The new research shows it's because "women face more barriers to advancement" and an uneven playing field, or as Sandberg puts it, "a workplace tilted against them."

Not only that, women are less interested than men in joining the C-Suite as a top executive, and it's not because of family concerns either. The study found even women without children attribute stress and pressure as the main reasons. To encourage more women to lead, Sandberg says "we have to address our culture’s discomfort with female leadership." She believes the "persistant bias" means "women walk a tightrope between being liked and being respected—and men do not." 

To read more of the results from this study, visit The Wall Street Journal.

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Do you think women are still underrepresented in your workplace? What do you think needs to change before we see more females in leadership roles? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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