Watertown-- Leadership in today’s society is still unfortunately categorized and scrutinized by gender. The data on catalyst.org revealed trends from 1995 to 2011. One can see the promising change over the years, as the number of women in leadership roles continues to climb. According to research data women that held a seat on a fortune 500 board rose from 9.6% in 1995 to 16.1% in 2011.
While the percentage of Executive Officer positions held by women increased slightly from 2009 at 13.5% to 14.1% in 2011. Another slow increase was the statistical data, which showed that from 2001 to 2011, the percentage of women in managerial, professional and related positions only increased by 2.1%. Nonetheless, the figures reflect the equal amount of women in professional and management roles, as women in these roles make up 51.4% as of 2011, a little more than the number of men in these roles.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics Universities now have 1 out of 5 women studying business and commerce. Australian statistics show that 57% of Australian women have higher educations. This percentage is close to the U.S. statistic that reflects 51.4% of women in managerial or some sort of professional field of employment.
ABC50 reached out to the largest women’s organization in the world. It is none other than the Relief Society, a Mormon religious organization on a mission to empower women in the LDS church. According to the Relief Society there are three main responsibilities and goals the organization of 5.5-6 million LDS female members worldwide.
· Increase faith and personal righteousness
· Strengthen families and homes
· Seek out and help those in need
As of this year, the Relief Society celebrated 170 years of being an organization. Whether it is a religiously based organization or analyzing the economy and employment position trends, it appears that the number of women in leadership is strengthening. According to the United States Department of Labor, “U.S. Population is becoming larger and more diverse”- 69% of college students are women, while 62% are men and 60% of the work force are made up of women.