Magazine article Working Mother

The Last Word

Magazine article Working Mother

The Last Word

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I have a 20 percent dilemma. Twenty percent of the new Senate is women. Hooray! Or do I mean shame on US! I am struggling to be positive about 20 percent because I see that figure, or something close to it, everywhere:

20% of Fortune 100 board seats are held by women.

29% of top earners at our NAFE Top 50 Companies for Executive Women are female.

21% of equity partners at our Best Law Firms for Women are female.

19% of the members of the new Congress are women.

The reason I even bother to be happy about 20 percent of anything is that many of the metrics about women are so much worse:

2% of venture capital money goes to women-owned businesses.

4% of CEOs at the biggest U.S. companies are women.

10% of governors are women.

11% of profit-and-loss jobs at major U.S. companies are filled by women.

Now, let's look at the big numbers:

51% of all professional and managerial positions are held by women. …

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