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Stop Overlooking Women's Efforts

Friday, January 14, 2022

Representation of women leaders improved across all levels of the corporate pipeline in 2020—but not by much, according to the Women in the Workplace 2021 report, which surveyed 65,000 employees and analyzed the representation of women at 423 participating organizations.

More than that, the report—which McKinsey conducted in partnership with LeanIn.Org—reveals that while women leaders are stepping up to support employee well-being and diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, companies are not recognizing their work. Here are some other notable data points.


For every 100 men promoted to first-level managers, only 86 women are promoted.
of women fill their organizations’ senior manager pipelines, compared to 65% of men.
of women leaders experience microaggressions such as being interrupted, and 34% of women have their judgment or expertise questioned, compared to 15% and 22% of men, respectively.
The gap between men’s and women’s burnout levels nearly doubled over the course of the pandemic.
of women leaders are spending time on DEI work that falls outside their formal job responsibilities.
3 in 10
Throughout the pandemic, 31% of women managers provided emotional and well-being support to employees, compared to 19% of their male counterparts.
Source: Women in the Workplace, McKinsey & Company and LeanIn.Org, 2021

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The Association for Talent Development (ATD) is a professional membership organization supporting those who develop the knowledge and skills of employees in organizations around the world. The ATD Staff, along with a worldwide network of volunteers work to empower professionals to develop talent in the workplace.

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