Women’s Leadership, Leadership Development and Media Advocacy
- Women hold 91, or 17%, of the 535 seats in the 112th US Congress — 17 of the 100 seats in the Senate and 74 of the 435 seats in the House of Representatives. This number declined from the 95 women in the 111th US Congress.
- The US ranks 72nd for parliamentary representation (legislatures, state and national).
- The US ranks 40th in the world for women’s political empowerment. (World Economic Forum)
- Four states have never sent a woman to Congress (Delaware, Iowa, Mississippi and Vermont) and half of all states have never elected a female Senator or Govenor.
- Women are 3% of Fortune 500 CEOs.
- Men occupy 80 to 95-plus percent of the top decision-making positions in American politics, business, the military, religion, media, culture, and entertainment.
Eighty-nine percent of Americans are comfortable with women in leadership – but only 18% of our leadership positions are held by women. Overall, 82% of leadership positions in America – across all sectors – are held by men.
- Women hold only 3% of clout positions in the mainstream media (telecommunications, entertainment, publishing, and advertising).
- Women comprise 5% of directors and 14% of film writers in the top 250 grossing films.
Books, research studies and articles
Notes from the Cracked Ceiling: Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, and What It Will Take for a Woman to Win; Anne E. Kornblut
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide; Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
Women World Leaders; Laura A. Liswood
Globalizing Feminisms, 1789-1956; ed. Karen Offen
The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Changes Everything; Maria Shriver and the Center for American Progress
Closing the Leadership Gap: Add Women, Change Everything; Marie C. Wilson