Women and Leadership
Most Americans say women are every bit as capable of being good leaders as men, whether in political offices or in corporate boardrooms. So why, then, are they underrepresented in top jobs?
The Data on Women Leaders
Most Americans find women indistinguishable from men on key leadership traits, yet women still make up a small share of top leadership jobs. Explore the share of women in top U.S. political and business roles over time with these interactive charts.
Despite progress, U.S. still lags many nations in women leaders
Women now make up 20% of Congress, a record high. But women have more representation in most countries’ national legislatures.
Women have long history in Congress, but until recently there haven’t been many
A record 108 women are serving in the new House and Senate, but that’s still only a fifth of the total membership.
All Publications from this Topic
Women more than men adjust their careers for family life
Women most often are the ones who adjust their schedules and make compromises when the needs of children and other family members collide with work, data show.
8 facts about American workers
Although the U.S. economy is recovering and appears to be on stable ground compared with other parts of the world, there’s still a lot of debate over how to best secure the future for American workers.
Businesses owned by women, minorities lag in revenue share
The number of businesses owned by women and minorities has grown considerably in recent years, particularly in certain industries, but based on revenue they remain on average considerably smaller than white- or male-owned firms.
Men catch up with women on overall social media use
Some 73% of online men use social media, on par with the 80% of online women who say they do so. But there are still some gender differences on specific platforms.
Why the former USSR has far fewer men than women
This region in Eastern Europe has been predominately female since at least WWII.
When discussing politics, family plays larger role for women than for men
About seven-in-ten U.S. adults talk with others about politics at least a few times a month, but whom they talk with most often varies a great deal between men and women.
Number of women leaders around the world has grown, but they’re still a small group
Women account for 49.6% of the global population, but just 9.3% of today’s top national leaders.
On Equal Pay Day, key facts about the gender pay gap
77% of women and 63% of men believe “this country needs to continue making changes to give men and women equality in the workplace.”
A Clinton candidacy: Voters’ early impressions
Today, no more than about one-in-five Democratic voters see a good chance of voting for any other Democrat.
Despite progress, women still bear heavier load than men in balancing work and family
Our research suggests the issue continues to resonate with many working moms.