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Global Progress with Women’s Leadership and Gender Equality

Women in leadership is the flagship phrase for the drive for greater gender equality in the workplace. Gender equality is the goal of creating a social, economic, and political environment where all genders can equally participate and thrive. Gender equality is a fundamental human right, as well as an important component of sustainable development.

Gender equality in the workplace means that women and men have equal opportunities to work, earn fair wages, access training and education, occupy positions of power and responsibility, enjoy decent working conditions free from sexual harassment or exploitation.

Global progress with women’s leadership and gender equality has been made over the last few decades. For example, in 2017 there were 27 female heads of state out of 193 countries in the world. This is a significant increase from just 10 years previous when only 9 countries had female leaders.

There is a need for more women in leadership positions and the world is taking notice. In 2022, there are more female CEOs in the world than ever before. However, even though women make up half of the world’s population, they only hold about one-third of all managerial positions and occupy less than 9% of executive roles. In fact, there are more CEOs named John than there are female CEOs at leading Fortune 500 companies.

In the last 10 years, women have made a lot of progress in the business world. The number of female CEOs has increased by almost 50% and there are now 18 countries with a female head of state or government. These numbers represent an increase from just 3% to 5%.

The Path to Global Progress for Women in Leadership

Achieving gender equality is a global priority. It will not only lead to progress for women, but also for men and the whole of society. In the past decade, we have made progress in many areas:

– In 1990, 12% of parliamentarians were women. Now it is 22%.

– In 1990, 3% of CEOs were women. Now it is 9%.

– In 1990, 24% of university professors were female. Now it is 34%.

If we continue on this path, by 2050 we could see:

– Parliamentarians at 50%, CEOs at 25%, and university professors at 50%.

These projections have sadly been effected by the global pandemic. The World Economic Forum released a report entitled ”Global Gender Gap Report 2021”, which found that the time it will take to close the gender gap grew by 36 years in just 12 months. This means it will now take an estimated 135.6 years for men and women to reach parity, according to the report, which assesses areas including economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, health and political empowerment.

What can we do to increase women in leadership roles?

In the past few decades, many countries have been working to close the gender gap in order to achieve global gender parity. The progress is slow but it is happening. The United States ranks at number 49 on the Global Gender Gap Index, while Sweden ranks at number 1.

Countries like Norway have taken drastic measures to increase their female representation in business with quotas and incentives, with varied results. Quotas whilst achieving one goal, can sometimes come at expense of a vital metric in business – making money.

The World Bank‘s “Accelerate Equality“ initiative is working to close gender gaps and give women more opportunities. It “provides an opportunity to showcase successes, learn, and develop ideas and further momentum for the future of gender equality and women’s leadership, while taking stock of remaining challenges and strengthening partnerships in the quest to #AccelerateEquality.”

In order to increase women in leadership roles, we should avoid an outright reversal of the gender bias that has existed for generations. It is hardly setting a good example for gender equality if the solution involves excluding men from leadership roles, simply becuase they are not women.

When hiring new employees, we should not focus on gender but instead on skillsets and competencies that the job requires. We should also provide training programs for both genders so they can learn how to work together better and improve their communication skills.

It’s also not just about increasing the number of women at the top; it’s about empowering women across all levels of business, from entry-level to executive.

How Women are Changing the Workplace to Become More Gender Inclusive

Women are making significant contributions to the business world. They are changing the workplace to become more gender inclusive.

One of the most important changes that women have made is by empowering other women. This is done through mentoring, coaching, and teaching skills that they have acquired over time. Women are also working together in order to create a supportive environment for all employees and provide opportunities for growth.

Women in leadership positions have started to support other women by giving them opportunities and supporting their success. They have also created an environment where people can share their ideas without fear of being judged or criticised for them.

What are main challenges for female leaders?

Gender Bias

The lack of gender diversity in work leadership roles is largely attributed to a lack of women, but it’s worth mentioning that this trend will continue if women are discriminated against on the job. For example, it is much harder for female engineers to be hired and have a chance at leading a team.

Gender biases are not just a problem in the UK. They happen all over the world, and they’re the norm in some countries. It’s underpinned by a patriarchal mindset which makes it hard to change. Poor education is another big issue that exacerbates this problem in developing countries.

A lot of people shy away from hiring someone that doesn’t look or think like them. It is human nature to put stock in people with whom we can identify. But in reality it’s important to diversify your workforce and not discriminate based on visual characteristics

Negative Stereotypes about Women Leaders

There are some common misconceptions that women have inferior people management skills, are less assertive than men and have lower confidence levels than men.

Women can be hesitant to negotiate their salary because they know that they’re less likely to get a raise. But, when afforded the opportunity, they will ask for just as much money as men would.

The Lack of Female Role Models

If women see high level organisational positions filled with other females, it can be an encouraging sign to them that these things are possible, thereby motivating them to try and get there too. This will have the knock on effect of encouraging the next generation of female leaders to be confident and strive to achieve their goals.

The Power of Mentoring

Mentoring can provide women with the opportunity to gain skills, develop their careers and achieve success. Women have a unique perspective on certain issues that other mentors may not have faced before, and this can be really beneficial for mentees.

It’s time we all take on the responsibility of mentoring other women – it will make us all stronger, more successful and happier people in the end!

Sarah Jones Leadership Coaching and Women in Leadership

Sarah has personally overcome many challenges women face as they progress their careers on the path to becoming women in leadership. With over 25 years working in leadership positions within global organisations, Sarah is perfectly placed to coach and prepare women for leadership roles.

If you are a woman, who is an aspiring leader of the future, or an organisation looking to prepare your female employees for roles in leadership, then please contact Sarah who can help you achieve your goals.

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