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Women and Girls’ Leadership - Increasing the leadership capacity and civic participation among girls and women

There is an uneven playing field for men and women in leadership and politics.

  • Women make up 51% of the US population, but make up just under 20% of the United States Congress.
  • Women hold 18.5 percent of congressional seats, and they are just 20 percent of U.S. senators.
  • Women of color represent only 4.5 percent of the total members of Congress.
  • Women make up only 14.6 percent of executive officers, 8.1 percent of top earners, and 4.6 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs.
  • They hold just 16.9 percent of Fortune 500 board seats.
  • Women accounted for 16 percent of all the directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers, and editors who worked on the top-grossing 250 domestic films of 2013.
  • Women of color hold 3.2 percent of the board seats of Fortune 500 companies. In fact, more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies have no women of color as board directors at all.

The Office of Women's Policy is committed to building a pipeline to leadership by supporting women and girls alike.



Last updated: 3/29/2019 12:13 PM