So here we are, it’s 2011….it seems like women have come along way from fighting for women’s right to vote, right?
Well we have, and we haven’t…we have women running for president, women in congress, women in the Supreme Court. However, statistics show that we may not be as far along in the equality game as we would like to think.
As we posted previously (http://www.womenonbusiness.com/new-us-women-in-business-statistics-released-by-catalyst), from the Catalyst report:
Percentage of female Fortune 500 corporate officers: 15.4%
Percentage of female Fortune 500 board seats: 14.8%
Percentage of female Fortune 500 top earners: 6.7%
Percentage of female Fortune 500 CEOs: 2.4%
A recent study, also by Catalyst, suggests that the key to increasing women’s corporate success may revolve around the act of sponsoring: Sponsoring Women to Success (http://catalyst.org/publication/485/sponsoring-women-to-success)
Corporate sponsoring provides women with support, advice, and feedback, as well as crucial business connections. There are opportunities to enhance skills, increase knowledge and so much more. This gives women tools and information needed to overtake those ever prevalent glass ceilings.
Have you been a sponsor, or been sponsored? Would you like to be? Do you feel it would significantly increase your opportunity for advancement?