Women Are (Still) Fighting for Equality in the Workplace

By: Caitlin Sullivan

It’s 2016, you would think opportunities have improved for women in the workplace, right? Not quite. This week, a new report from McKinsey and Co. and Sheryl Sandberg’s organization, Lean In, shows that women are still struggling to advance in the workplace. And while the mantra is to “lean in,” the Women in the Workplace report shows that companies are still “pushing back.” For example, the report revealed that for every 100 women promoted past entry-level positions, 130 men are promoted. Below are three big takeaways from the report.

Women Need More Representation
Women are under-represented throughout the workplace, from entry-level associates all the way to the C-suite. The disparity between the two genders grows as you move up the corporate ladder, with women accounting for just 18 percent of C-level employees. However, women leaving their jobs isn’t necessarily due to this gap in opportunity. The report found that men and women leave jobs after a certain amount of time at the same rate for various reasons.

Speaking Up Still Has a Stereotype
We often think women don’t speak up enough. However, this study found that just wasn’t the case. Women are more likely to push for an interesting assignment, however, their assertiveness didn’t go unpunished. Thirty percent of women received feedback that they were “aggressive” or “bossy.” Only 23 percent of men were told likewise.

Feedback Please!
No one likes to receive critical feedback, but it’s just that, critical! Researchers found that women believe they receive less feedback from managers than men. While 46 percent of men say they receive difficult feedback, only 36 percent of women say they do. Managers say the biggest reason they fail to give women feedback is a fear of being mean or hurtful.

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