I recently read The World Economic Forum 2017 Global Gender Gap Report, and there’s something to celebrate. Today there is absolutely no gap in the US and Canada when it comes to educational attainment for men and women.

What this means is that a lot of the groundwork is done, and now it’s time to tackle the gap in the workplace. In the US the index is 0.776 (ranked #19 in the world) and in Canada it’s 0.744 (ranked #29 in the world). Yikes!

So what are these numbers really telling us?  They are shining a light on the opportunity for more women to step into leadership roles. In every single industry at every single level. Linked in studied women in leadership from 2007-2017 and found that women represent less than 50% of the leadership roles at all levels (including first line managers). In every industry they studied the % of women in leadership roles was lower than the % of women in non-leadership roles. 

Women are not stepping into leadership roles at the same rate as men and there is an opportunity to change this. To support women to take that next step and play bigger at every level.