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2017

"Of Fortune 500 companies, only 21 are led by women. That’s only 4% representation; even the Senate has around 20% women. But the question is, why does this matter? Is the issue of gender parity in the workplace really an issue?"

 

What could happen if more women were in leadership positions?

  • Leveling of the gender pay gap
  • More diverse voices = better solutions
  • More skilled negotiations
  • More mentors + role models for future female leaders

 

Read more: The Importance of Women in Leadership Positions (via equities.com)

 

What do you believe we could achieve if we had more women in leadership positions?

According to Gallup associates, 55% of Americans have no preference about the gender of their boss, and men (68%) are more likely than women (44%) to lack preference.

 

"Just as the percentage of employed Americans working for a female boss hasn't changed much in recent years, women remain scarce in upper management levels. In June, Fortune reported that 32 CEOs of Fortune 500 companies are women. While this marks the highest proportion of female CEOs in the history of the Fortune 500, there is clearly room for more women to enter top management tiers at America's largest corporations. In fact, Gallup research has found that workers with female bosses are more engaged than those with male bosses."

 

I never thought about the gender of my prospective boss when I was searching for my next position. However I wonder why people with female bosses are more engaged. Anyone who has experience or perspective that they can share...  

 

Source:  Americans No Longer Prefer Male Boss to Female Boss

"Even though today's work and life reality is more flexible than you think, managing our day-to-day in a 24/7 economy can still be a challenge. As the founder of Flex+Strategy Group, a growing business that helps create a flexible work culture for clients, and as a woman with two kids and a husband, I face the same array of seemingly endless choices many other women encounter: Where and when do I finish this presentation most productively? When will I be able to attend one of my daughter's field-hockey games? When can I get a haircut? Then there are bigger life transitions, like the pregnancy that caused one of my clients, a rising star at an investment bank who loved her job, to question her ability to have a career and a family. But the truth is, whether we work in an office or remotely, full-time or on a project basis, in-person or online, creatively rethinking how, when, and where we get our jobs done can offer countless opportunities for extraordinary women to turn what can feel like obstacles into triumphs."

 

Read More at An Expert Tells You How to Turn Your Career Challenges Into Opportunities

 

Although I do not believe not only women, also men faces the challenge of balancing family and work, I wonder how many organizations recognizes that work+life is no longer a perk or benefit, but more a strategic business imperative.