26 Sep

Addressing the Gender Gap

Yesterday, another article appeared on the gender gap.  It raised more questions and more speculation about the number of women in the workforce - and why there are not more.  The Times writes:

"...women’s chances of making it to the top are also stuck. Only 17 percent of directors and 14 percent of C-suite executives at Fortune 500 companies are women. All but 20 or so of their chief executives are men. At the other end of the spectrum of opportunity, 16.3 percent of women are officially poor, according to census figures, compared to 13.6 percent of men.

These dynamics are particularly perplexing considering the speed at which women are accumulating marketable skills.

In 1980, only 13.6 percent of adult women had graduated from college, compared to over a fifth of men. By last year, the gap had closed almost entirely: 30.6 percent of women and 31.4 percent of men had a college degree. And women will pass men soon: last year, 1.3 women enrolled to earn a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college for every man who did so.

The trend is troubling."

You can read the entire article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/25/business/economy/for-american-women-is-it-enough-to-lean-in.html?ref=business&_r=1&

We are curious:  what do you think?  How does this kind of news make you feel - encouraged or discouraged.  Send us your comments.  We are eager to hear from you.

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