Women Leaders:
100-Year Retrospective Infographic

U.S. women gained the right to vote 100 years ago.

Since then, women leaders have journeyed to achieve gender equality in the workplace and – more specifically – in higher leadership roles. This quest has been filled with both celebratory achievements and disappointing setbacks.

In 2020, women in senior leadership across the globe includes: 

  • 38% in Africa
  • 35% in Eastern Europe
  • 33% in Latin America
  • 30% in European Union
  • 29% in North America
  • 27% in Asia Pacific

Why are women leaders still underrepresented in the top tiers of organizations? Is it because they lack the degrees and skills to fill those roles?

This 100-year retrospective explores women leaders and their journey since 1920 – including where gender equality still needs high attention.

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IMPACT Group is a WBE-certified global leader in leadership development, relocation support, and outplacement assistance. We offer leadership development programs for employees at all levels in their careers. IMPACT Group leverages our expertise to transform the workplace, delivering Women in Leadership™, High IMPACT Coaching, and Executive Coaching programs at organizations around the world.

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It may be 100 years since women fought for the right to vote, but inequality in the workplace is still a big problem. Investigate the issues and gather data. See if the very design of your policies and practices hinder women leaders from rising in their career. Taking action to root out such bias helps pave the way for gender equality in the workplace. It also improves business outcomes by allowing everyone to do their best work. Explore our other resources for women leaders to continue learning.

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