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.
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How the World Rates Women as Leaders
On Dec.10, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner will become Argentina’s first female president, joining 11 other female prime ministers and presidents. But a Pew Global Attitudes survey finds world publics hold mixed opinions about women political leaders.
World Publics Welcome Global Trade — But Not Immigration
A 47-nation survey finds broad support for the key tenets of economic globalization, including free trade, multinational corporations and free markets. Yet concerns exist about inequality, threats to traditional culture, threats to the environment and threats posed by immigration.
Fewer Mothers Prefer Full-time Work
In the span of the past decade, full-time work outside the home has lost some of its appeal to mothers. This trend holds for both those who have such jobs and those who don’t.
Being Dad May Be Tougher These Days, but Working Moms are among Their Biggest Fans
Most people agree that it is harder to be a father now than it was 20 or 30 years ago, yet the verdict is mixed on how well today’s dads measure up — about half of the public says they’re doing a worse job when compared with fathers a generation ago. But, a majority (56%) of women say today’s dads are handling their fatherly duties as well or better than in the past.
Are Americans Ready to Elect a Female President?
When evaluating Sen. Hillary Clinton’s 2008 prospects, one question remains inescapable: Are American voters ready to pick a female president? A review of exit polls in statewide elections suggests that, at least for Democratic candidates, being a woman is not an obstacle.
Motherhood Today: Tougher Challenges, Less Success
From managing busy schedules to dealing with outside influences, mothers have their hands full these days – and middle-aged women are their sharpest critics. At the same time, fully 70% of the public says it’s harder to be a mother today than it was 20 or 30 years ago; somewhat fewer (60%) say the same about being a father.
Most Say Imus’s Punishment Was Appropriate
A new survey finds that Americans generally agree with the punishment radio host Don Imus received for the racist and sexist remarks he made about the Rutgers University’s women basketball team. Nonetheless, there are substantial racial differences in views of Imus’s punishment, and the media’s coverage of the story.