Women are perfectly capable of succeeding in senior executive jobs, but factors largely beyond their control have kept them from achieving more corporate success. That’s the attitude pollsters at the Pew Research Center uncovered when they asked 1,835 randomly selected adults what keeps more business women from holdingpositions.
Large majorities of both men and women said both genders are equally adept at a variety of important business skills such as risk-taking and negotiating.
Source: Pew Research Center, January 2015
Only 26 Fortune 500 companies have female CEOs—about 5%.
Yet that could change soon. For the last 20 years, women have outnumbered men in both college enrollment and graduation rates. And in 2013, women held 52% of managerial and professional jobs in the U.S.