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Quick Take: Women in Management

Catalyst

2020

Global

Fact Sheet

Workplace Gender Equality

Quick Take: Women in Management

Quick Take: Women in Management

The Quick Take: Women in Management factsheet by Catalyst explores the latest data on the representation of women in senior management positions, both globally and at the regional level.

The factsheet highlights differences in the proportion of women in senior leadership by role, as well as the overall difference in representation of women across different levels of seniority within organisations.

Highlights

  • In 2019, the proportion of women in senior management roles globally grew to 29%, the highest number ever recorded. In 2020, this percentage remains the same.
  • Eighty-seven percent of global mid-market companies have at least one woman in a senior management role in 2020.
  • The proportion of women in senior leadership differs by role:
    • Women are over-represented in support functions like administration, while men tend to be concentrated in operations, profit and loss, and research and development—all viewed as critical experiences for CEO and board-level positions.
    • In 2020, 40% of human resources directors are women, compared to 17% of chief marketing officers and 16% of chief information officers.
  • The Higher Up the Corporate Ladder, the Fewer Women: A 2020 analysis by Mercer of over 1,100 organizations across the world found a leaky pipeline for women in leadership:
    • Executives: 23%
    • Senior managers: 29%
    • Managers: 37%
    • Professionals: 42%
    • Support staff: 47%

This factsheet was originally published on the Catalyst website.

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