Closing the gender gap in leadership opportunities
Women’s equity in the workplace has been a focus of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) since our founding in 1881. And while great strides have been made, women are still largely excluded from the most powerful corporate positions in our economy. For Instance, the Fortune 500 list of the largest American corporations recently reached a historic high representation of women CEOs at just 6.4 percent, or about 1 in 15. Women in these companies fill only about one in five senior management positions. AAUW’s latest report on women in leadership at nonprofits is now available online.
Most women have to deal with sexism in their daily life, be it social control, gender discrimination, harassment etc. Instead of fighting back, many of us choose to remain silent because they are non-significant incidents or accidental encounters. However, we need more people, not just women, to stand up against sexism for what is right when they witness such discrimination.
Download AAUW’s #StandUptoSexism Discussion Guide.
Women are not new to leadership; think of Cleopatra or Queen Elizabeth. Think of the women who led the civil rights and education reform movements. But women are still outnumbered by men in the most prestigious positions, from Capitol Hill to the board room. Barriers and Bias: The Status of Women in Leadership examines the causes of women’s underrepresentation in leadership roles in business, politics, and education and suggests what we can do to change the status quo.
Women are not new to leadership; think of Cleopatra or Queen Elizabeth. Think of the women who led the civil rights and education reform movements. But women are still outnumbered by men in the most prestigious positions, from Capitol Hill to the board room. Barriers and Bias: The Status of Women in Leadership examines the causes of women’s under-representation in leadership roles in business, politics, and education and suggests what we can do to change the status quo. Download the Full Report.
Is your AAUW branch or Younger Women’s Task Force chapter looking for more ways to strengthen your connection with colleges and universities in your area? Do you want to help local students develop vital leadership skills? AAUW’s national campus leadership programs are great tools to help you do just that, and now is the time to get involved!
It is crucial to make connections with people who want to collaborate on one or more of these programs and start reaching out to your contacts at local schools before the fall semester begins. AAUW college/university partner members are often already primed for such a collaboration; see a list of C/U partner members in your area.
For AAUW, leadership is critical not only to our mission to empower women and girls but also to the way we carry out that mission. To support member leadership at all levels, AAUW national seeks to provide members with the tools and resources to make them the best leaders they can be. Now, we’re making it even easier to access the resources and tools you need.
¡Adelante! Turns 20
One gender gap we don’t hear about often is the literary gender gap. In 2014, 41 percent of books reviewed by the New York Times were by women; for Harper’s Magazine, it was 28 percent. And the numbers are even worse for women of color: 15 percent for the New York Times and 7 percent for Harper’s Magazine. That’s why we created the ¡Adelante! Book of the Month Club: to spotlight engrossing stories and writing by women from all backgrounds. The 2016-2017 reading list is out! Use it to make plans for your book club and be sure to join in upcoming online author discussions.