In the 1950s and 1960s, June Cleaver was the epitome of the modern housewife. She vacuumed while wearing heels and pearls and was forever tending to the needs of Ward, Wally and the Beaver. The days of June Cleaver have long passed, and women are taking the C-level suite by storm. But has the journey for gender equality changed much over decades?
According to a 2020 report by Mckinsey & Co., since 2015, progress toward gender equality has been marginal, and the pandemic has forced women around the globe to step back and reexamine their roles, both at home and in the workplace. In the report, McKinsey & Co. found that women in the United States still do almost twice as much unpaid care work as men (54% of women and 22% of men report doing all or most of the housework) and 43% of women who are the primary household earners continue to do all or most of the housework.
The pandemic has impacted us all — but women are not only working full time, they are also juggling day care issues and serving as their children’s education provider.
When it comes to the gender pay gap, the trend has remained relatively the same in the nation over the past 15 years, with women earning 84% of what men earned, as reported by the Pew Research Center’s 2020 analysis of median hourly earnings of women who work both full and part time. The report found that it would take an extra 42 days of work for women to earn what men did in 2020. Additionally, current research has found that 41 out of 500 (or 8%) CEOs are women. These blatant disparities exist even with women earning degrees at a higher rate than men, yet they are largely still barred from breaking the glass ceiling and making it to the C-suite.
“Over the last 10-25 years, more women have had the opportunity to step into leadership roles and have their hard work and perseverance recognized,” said Carrie Rosingana, CEO of Capital Area Michigan Works! “These women leaders highlight that workplace success is achievable for everyone and serve as an inspiration of future generations of leaders to come. I am proud as a woman leader regionally to continue the momentum of this shift in leadership culture, to have a place at the table to share my input and ideas, and to have an opportunity to use my skills to help shape opportunities that better the community I’m so fortunate to be a part of.”
Although outdated stereotypes of women are rightfully assigned to the past, women continue to fight for their rightful place at the top in today’s workplace. It’s imperative that we all support the journey to equality, ensuring that young girls and women have equal pay and fair opportunities for generations to come. Join us at theprosforum.com to learn more about how we can help you grow, prosper and succeed.