“I think my story says that, when women are given the chance and the opportunity, that we can achieve a lot. We deliver.”        

- Sara Blakely

We need to change this...

  • Only 5.2% of S&P 500 companies have women CEO's.

  • In the United States, 19.2% of board directors are women.

  • On average, women CEO's are paid an average of 11.5% less than their male counterparts.

  • Women make just $0.78 for every dollar men make in the United States. For women of color, the situation is even worse: African American women earn 64 cents to a man’s dollar; American Indian women, 59 cents; and Hispanic women, just 54 cents.

  • The World Economic Forum now estimates it will take 217 years, up from 170, to end gender-based disparities in pay and employment opportunities if the world continues at its current rate of progress (the United Nations, however, estimates it will take 100 years at the current rate of change). Either way, this is a horrific statistic. 

on a positive note...

  • Over the past nine years, women have started businesses five times the national average.

  • Companies with boards that include at least 3 women with sustained representation on the board outperform those with no women board directors with 66% higher return on invested capital, 53% higher return on equity, and 42% higher return on sales.

  • Just 1.2% of graduates from the class of 1965 at Harvard Business School were women. In 2017, that number reached 41%.

A few articles for your reading pleasure used for statistics above. 

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