International Women’s Day: Progress Creeps Along

Our latest insights about the inroads women have made and what companies still need to do to improve their leadership pipelines.

This weekend there will be marches in Seattle, bike rides in London, fundraisers in Hanoi, and hundreds of other events commemorating International Women’s Day. Since the first Women’s Day was held in New York back in 1909, it has become a focal point in the movement for women to gain equality at home and at work.

In 2020, International Women’s Day brings some solid, albeit slow, progress for women around the world. More women are being appointed as board directors than ever before, and women’s organizations around the world are working on ensuring that men and women get paid equally if they have the same job. Still, there’s a ways to go. Women make up about half the population but lead only 6% of the biggest publicly traded firms in the United States, and some firms are struggling to find women to lead other management roles, too.

For International Women’s Day 2020, Korn Ferry has produced new insights on what firms can do to get more women into the leadership pipeline (and fixing a broader talent trouble spot along the way) and republished some of its key articles on gender diversity and developing women leaders.

Women C-Suite Ranks Nudge Up—a Tad

Korn Ferry’s latest survey shows that 25% of key roles are now held by women, but the CEO job is still dominated by men.

Identifying ‘the Power of All’

In time for International Women’s Day, experts say companies should make these three crucial moves to increase the number of women in leadership.

Women on Boards: Hitting an Ambitious Goal

How the UK achieved a female leadership milestone, and how to keep it from becoming a millstone.

The Talent Review Roadblock

An informal system of evaluating talent may be getting in the way of promoting women or anyone who isn’t just like the current leaders.

Want Higher Profits? Hire a Female CEO, CFO

A new study shows top women execs produce superior returns in their first two years on the job. “The evidence is getting louder.”