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
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.
Among LGBT Americans, bisexuals stand out when it comes to identity, acceptance
Compared with gay men and lesbians, bisexuals have a different perspective on their sexual orientation and a distinct set of experiences, a Pew Research survey found.
As GOP celebrates win, no sign of narrowing gender, age gaps
The overall vote share is similar to the 2010 midterm elections, and many of the key demographic divides in 2010 — particularly wide gender and age gaps — remain.
Perceptions about women bosses improve, but gap remains
Women still lag when it comes to holding top managerial positions. And among those with a preference, both men and women say they prefer a male boss and co-workers.
27 countries limit a woman’s ability to pass citizenship to her child or spouse
To most Americans, citizenship, like DNA, seems like something a parent passes to a child without thought or effort. And indeed, for fathers around the world, that’s almost universally true. But one-in-seven countries currently have laws or policies prohibiting or limiting the rights of women to pass citizenship to a child or non-citizen spouse.
As FIFA attempts to curb racism at the World Cup, a look at hate speech laws worldwide
Hate-speech laws exist in 89 countries around the world (45%). In some countries, the laws protect only certain religious or social groups, while others have broader laws, covering words or actions that insult, denigrate or intimidate a person or group based on race, gender, religion, ethnicity or other traits.
As Jill Abramson exits the NY Times, a look at how women are faring in newsrooms
In the past 15 years, the percentage of women who work in newspaper newsrooms has barely budged. Women made up 36% of all newspaper staff in 2012, a slight decline from 37% in 1998.
More women than men earn the federal minimum wage
Substantially more women than men are in jobs that pay the minimum wage of less, , according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data analyzed by the Pew Research Center.