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Women and Girls’ Leadership

Increasing Leadership Capacity and Civic Participation

Among Women and Girls

Created with post survey results from Strong Girls, Strong Women Conference 2019

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.​ Check out our video "Hey, Sister... A Message in Solidarity for Shared Success" for stories, advice, and information from inspiring and successful women and girls in our community.

​Pipeline to Leadership


Last updated: 6/30/2020 3:08 PM