In 2014, we studied Women Entrepreneurs Still Facing More Hurdles Than Male Entrepreneurs. And in 2017, we looked at  Best and Worst Workplaces for Women Executives. Today, we review how the workplace gender gap continues. Huge gender differences exist.

McKinsey Study: How the Workplace Gender Gap Continues

Again, we turn to McKinsey for in-depth insights on this subject. Several female McKinsey partners engaged in the project. Here are some highlights:

“Since 2015, the first year of this study, corporate America has made almost no progress improving women’s representation. Women are underrepresented at every level. And women of color are the most underrepresented group of all. They lag behind white men, men of color, and white women.”

How the Workplace Gender Gap Continues

“Women will less likely be hired into manager-level jobs. And they will far less likely to be promoted into them. For every 100 men promoted to manager, 79 women are. Largely because of these gender gaps, men end up holding 62 percent of manager positions. While women hold only 38 percent.”

How the Workplace Gender Gap Continues

“Most commonly, women must provide more evidence of their competence than men. And have their judgment questioned in their area of expertise. They will also twice as likely as men to have been mistaken for someone in a more junior position. Black women, in particular, deal with a greater variety of microaggressions and will more likely than other women have their judgment questioned in their area of expertise and will asked to provide additional evidence of their competence.”

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9 Replies to “How the Workplace Gender Gap Continues”

  1. In my opinion, it is hard to believe that, in 2018, women is still viewed as not as competitive to men. Also the races case, it is 2018, people should be focused on their abilities and talents not where they are from. The facts from this post is sad and unfair; everyone should have an equal opportunity in their workplace.

  2. Being a woman, I understand that it is much harder for women not only to receive jobs but to get promotions and just the basic respect men automatically are given. It is frustrating especially in the business field because I feel that women have to prove themselves more just to do the same thing men are doing. However, I feel like company’s are becoming more aware of the gender gap that has gone are for far too long and are giving women more opportunities.

  3. It is sad that three years later and the same study, that there is no improvement in the workplace gap. It is definitely a controversial issue that should be addressed and needs action to take place. Being a business major, I may just be biased but I feel this field has more of a gender gap then most other fields of study. When people think business they think of a business man and most successful big CEO’s of companies tend to be men as well.

  4. It is quite scary to see that in today’s day and age we still see such gender gaps, even more so within races. People shouldn’t have prejudgments about someone else just because of their skin color and gender. Analysis of a person should be for the most part based off of what the person actually knows, what they have knowledge about and their professionalism. Hopefully in upcoming years, the numbers change and the gap becomes smaller.

  5. As a women preparing to enter the work force, this has always concerned me and is more concerning to me than ever before since there is not change. My career is very important to me, and I hope to one day be able to become a high ranking executive in my field but it is hard knowing that I am already at a disadvantage and will have to work much harder to get there just because of my gender. I am even more concerned for those women who also face racial and other forms of discrimination that will also hault them from gaining managerial and executive positions in their fields of work. It is very important for our society to keep talking about these problems and acknowledge that this is a problem so that we can continue to fight against gender and other disparities in the workplace.

  6. Being a woman myself, I think it is very frustrating to still see this gender gap in 2018. I am a person who believes one should be judged on their skills not on their gender, race, ethnicity, etc. Everyone wants a fair chance at any opportunity, so the fact that people even care if someone is male or female proves that the person hiring is not looking for a qualified employee, but rather someone to his/her liking. I hope in the years to come everyone was given a fair chance and that no one is being judged on the color of their skin, their gender, not their ethnicity.

  7. As a woman, it is frustrating to see the workplace gender gap in 2018. After college, when I enter the workforce it is really discouraging knowing that just because I am a woman, things will not come as easy to me as they would for men. In my opinion, no one should be judged based on their gender, race, etc. in the workplace. Promotions, salaries, etc. should be based on the person’s abilities and strengths within a company, not their appearance.

  8. Being a women, especially as a data girl, most of people may think data or this kind of industry is a men’s game. it’s true that there is still some gender gaps in the workplace. but if you want your voice to be heard, as a women, we should not be afraid to share and announce our idea or opinion, no matter in what kind of the situations and what kind of the workplace. we should be brave first.

  9. The gender gap in the workplace has been a long established issue. However in 2018, I am disappointed at the progress that has been made too further women and their equality in the workplace. I wish I could say I am surprised by the statistics, but I unfortunately am disappointingly not shocked that women are so undervalued, under appreciated, and discriminated against in the work force.

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