August 26 is Women’s Equality Day.
It’s a day to remember gains and set goals.
Congress designated this day in 1971 to celebrate women’s continuing efforts toward full gender equality. But how have things changed for women in leadership in the last 45 years?
Even though women make up half the population, they are still underrepresented in the workforce in top positions and salary: Women hold 14.2% of top leadership at companies in the S&P 500, where only 24 CEOs are women; and women are still only earning about $.79 for every dollar men make (see more statistics in the exclusive infographic below).
Your Next Career Move
Of course, there are efforts afoot to bring about change. Some top companies are fast-tracking women to executive positions by establishing women-centric leadership development programs or hiring specialized recruiters to add women to top positions. Others are holding symposiums and other events aimed at attracting high-potential women.
Not happening fast enough for you? Decide if a mentor or sponsor would help you reach that next level in your career. Join a women’s leadership networking group in your community. Start a mentoring program work. And take a long, hard look at your job and your company – is it time to step up efforts to get ahead or forge a new career path somewhere else?
While you contemplate your next move, post something motivational or inspirational for all women who are pushing for equality – use the hashtag #WomensEqualityDay.