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Sheryl Sandberg Says We’re More Than 100 Years Away From Gender Equality

Sheryl Sandberg Says We’re More Than 100 Years Away From Gender Equality

What's the first thing that comes to mind when you picture the C-suite of a company? Probably a bunch of old men in suits, right? According to Sheryl Sandberg, that’s not going to change anytime soon, unless we take some serious action.

Today, Lean In and McKinsey & Company released a study on the state of women in corporate America. Called Women in the Workplace, it analyzed 128 companies and nearly 30,000 employees to get a clear look at what it will take to advance female leaders. The findings? "Women face greater barriers to advancement and a steeper path to senior leadership," according to the website.

Even though there have been individual people and individual CEOs who have made an effort to improve gender diversity in the workplace, it needs to comes from an entire organization and breed from the company culture to have any effect. Based on the findings from the study, it will take roughly 25 years to reach gender equality at the senior-VP level and more than 100 years in the C-suite. Sandberg said, "Change is never easy, but we can achieve great gains faster than anyone believes. We reached the Moon in eight years of concerted effort — not eighty. Let’s bring that same urgency to this mission."

Some other key findings:

• Women are less eager than men to become a top executive, citing stress as a large barrier to their ambition.

• Even though 74 percent of company CEOs claim that gender diversity is a top priority, less than half of employees believe that it’s a priority for them.

• Women have predominantly female networks, while men have predominantly male networks, meaning women have less access to top level mentorship.

Good news: There are little things you can do every day to make an impact, like read about the economic impact of gender equality, help your workplace reject stereotypes, and more. It’s time for us to take a stand and change those numbers. #LeanIn

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