Career Growth

Lack of Female Leaders is a BIG Problem!

Sadly, men still run the world… in business, finance, science, technology, entrepreneurial start-ups, restaurants, technology, and entertainment… you get the idea.

Only 17 out of 195 independent countries are run by women.

In the U.S. 50% of college graduates are women, BUT the very top of the leadership is still held exclusively by men.

21% of Fortune 500 CEOs are women.

In the U.S:

White women Women of color
Hold 14% of executive officer positions Hold 4% (!!) of top corporate jobs
Hold 17% of board seats 3% of board seats
Hold 18% of elected congressional positions 5% of congressional seats

As of 2010, women in the U.S. make 0.77cents for every dollar a man makes.

In Canada, women are outpacing men in higher education (55% of women vs. 46% of men), BUT there are still major gender differences in the type of degree earned.

18% of computer science degrees go to women. Only 24% of engineering degrees are held by women.

We also know that women are more likely to work in precarious jobs (part-time, casual, contract work = less pay, fewer benefits, no job stability or security).

6% of the boards of listed companies in Canada had women on their boards.

42% of these listed companies had NO women on their boards (!!).

  • Affordability and availability of daycare is a major issue for women and a reason why so many women are working part-time.
  • The majority of childcare, house care, food care is still done by women.
  • Women can’t do it all! –We can’t take care of the home, the groceries, the nutrition, the children, the pets and work in stimulating full-time careers.

We need: affordable nation-wide childcare. So every child regardless of their parents’ finances can receive high quality care.

We need: gender equity in the education system, whereby girls are encouraged, supported and mentored to take science, technology, engineering and math.

We need: Equal levels of financial support to women-led companies, not just start-ups.



OCED. (2012). Closing the Gender Gap: ACT NOW. OECD Publishing.

McInturff, Kate and Paul Tulloch. (2014, October). Narrowing the Gap The Difference That Public Sector Wages Make. Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Sandberg, Sheryl. (2013). Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead. Alfred A., Knoff. New York: NY.