Women Matter | McKinsey & Companyand according to a new pew research center survey on women and leadership, most americans find women indistinguishable from men on key leadership traits such as intelligence and capacity for innovation, with many saying they’re stronger than men in terms of being compassionate and organized leaders. four-in-ten of them (38%) say having more women in top leadership positions in business and government would do a lot to improve the quality of life for all women. the analysis is based on two new pew research center surveys. while economic research and previous survey findings have shown that career interruptions related to motherhood may make it harder for women to advance in their careers and compete for top executive jobs, relatively few adults in the new pew research survey point to this as a key barrier for women seeking leadership roles. chapter 2 looks at public attitudes on men, women and key leadership traits in both the political and business realms.
Professional Women: The Continuing Struggle for Acceptance andit comes to the barriers that may be holding women back from achieving greater representation in the top leadership ranks, women are much more likely than men to point to societal and institutional factors such as the country not being ready to elect more female political leaders and women being held to higher standards than men in business and in government. the job done in politics and businesswomen in leadership todaygender and party gaps in views on female leadershipother key findings. by contrast, four-in-ten boomers and nearly half (48%) of members of the silent generation say it’s better for a woman with high-level business aspirations to have children early on. chapter 2 looks at public attitudes on men, women and key leadership traits in both the political and business realms. only about one-in-five say women’s family responsibilities are a major reason there aren’t more females in top leadership positions in business and politics.
more than four-in-ten millennials (46%) say a woman who wants to reach a top position in business is better off waiting to have children until she is well established in her career, while 29% say she should have children early in her career. addition to the surveys, this report draws on data from a variety of sources to document women in leadership positions in politics (national and state levels) and in business with trends over time. more on working mothers and career interruptions, see pew research center: “on pay gap, millennial women near parity – for now. more on working mothers and career interruptions, see pew research center: “on pay gap, millennial women near parity – for now. and men are seen as equally good business leaders, but gender stereotypes persist.
it conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis and other empirical social science research. this survey was conducted over the telephone (landline and cellular phone) under the direction of princeton survey research associates international. as in the political realm, the public does not see major differences between men and women on key business leadership qualities., topping the list of reasons, about four-in-ten americans point to a double standard for women seeking to climb to the highest levels of either politics or business, where they have to do more than their male counterparts to prove themselves. addition to the surveys, this report draws on data from a variety of sources to document women in leadership positions in politics (national and state levels) and in business with trends over time.