Women Matter

Our research focuses on the business and economic case for gender diversity and what companies can do to achieve equality at all levels.

Latest research


Unlocking the full potential of women at work

Our 2012 study of 60 US companies provided a baseline for ongoing research by revealing how the representation of women falls in inverse proportion to seniority. Read the report, and watch McKinsey managing director Dominic Barton discuss its implications.more

Recent highlights

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How advancing women’s equality can add $12 trillion to global growth

September 2015—A new McKinsey Global Institute report finds that $12 trillion could be added to global GDP by 2025 by advancing women’s equality. The public, private, and social sectors will need to act to close gender gaps in work and society.more

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Gender equality: Taking stock of where we are

September 2015—Why are women still underrepresented at every level of today’s corporations?more

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Promoting gender diversity in the Gulf

February 2015—Companies in the region increasingly recognize the potential of women leaders to enhance organizational effectiveness.more

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Addressing unconscious bias

February 2015—Does lopsided male representation in media skew our perceptions? Geena Davis believes it does and corporations have a critical role in driving change.more

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Fostering women leaders: A fitness test for your top team

January 2015—Posing five questions can help start a challenging management conversation.more


Why diversity matters

January 2015—New research makes it increasingly clear that companies with more diverse workforces perform better financially.more

Research reports

Framing the challenge

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    Changing companies’ minds about women

    September 2011—Leaders who are serious about getting more women into senior management need a hard-edged approach to overcome the invisible barriers holding them back.more

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    Moving women to the top

    October 2010—A majority of executives believe gender diversity in leadership is linked to better financial performance, but companies take few actions to support women in the workforce.more

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    Sex bias: Still in business

    June 1976—Despite the lip service paid by management to equal opportunity, discrimination survives. Here’s how companies should correct a situation that is financially costly, as well as legally and morally wrong.more

Reaching for solutions

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    Championing gender equality in Australia

    February 2015—A group of business leaders is redefining the role of men in the promotion of gender equality—and improving the environment for women leaders in their own organizations.more

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    Lessons from a veteran diversity advocate

    February 2015—The former CEO of Kaiser Permanente describes the formative experiences that led him to champion gender diversity.more

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    Realizing the power of talented women

    September 2014—In 2010, eBay embarked on a journey to bring more women into its top ranks. It found that commitment, measurement, and culture outweigh a business case and HR policies.more


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