Women Matter


Since 2007, McKinsey’s Women Matter research has explored the role women play in the global workplace, their experiences and impact in senior-executive roles, and the performance benefits that companies gain from gender diversity. In this video, McKinsey partners Joanna Barsh, Sandrine Devillard, Emily Lawson, and Jin Wang recount the progress women have made in reaching the executive suite.

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report | GCC Women Matter 2014

GCC Women in leadership—from the first to the norm

“From the first to the norm” is a vision of wide-spread gender diversity in leadership roles, raising organizational effectiveness in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states.

Gender diversity in top management: Moving corporate culture, moving boundaries
report | Women Matter 2013

Women Matter 2013—Gender diversity in top management: Moving corporate culture, moving boundaries

Despite commitment from the top and gender diversity initiatives in place within many companies, women are still underrepresented at the top of corporations. Our new report, Women Matter 2013: Moving corporate culture, moving boundaries, focuses on mindsets and corporate culture to help companies understand how they can make change happen.

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report | Women Matter 2012

Making the breakthrough

Many companies are making serious efforts to improve the number of women in top jobs. Some detect progress. But others say change is frustratingly slow. This report looks at what companies can do to make a breakthrough.

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report | Women Matter 2012

Women matter: An Asian perspective

June 2012—Corporate Asia is failing to tap its huge pool of talented women—an oversight that could impact companies’ growth aspirations given the acute talent shortage in the region.

Unlocking the full potential of women in the US economy

Unlocking the full potential of women in the US economy

By helping more women make the transition from middle management to senior roles, companies could substantially improve the odds of achieving real gender diversity all the way to the top. more

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report | Women Matter 2010

Women at the top of corporations: Making it happen

McKinsey's fourth Women Matter study provides focused analysis on how to achieve gender diversity at top management levels.

Diversifying leadership behaviors
report | Women Matter 2008

Female leadership, a competitive edge for the future

McKinsey's second Women Matter study focuses on leadership behaviors, showing that the leadership behaviors more often applied by women reinforce a company's organizational performance in several dimensions.

Leadership practices among female managers
report | Women Matter 2007

Gender diversity, a corporate performance driver

McKinsey's first Women Matter study suggests that the companies where women are most strongly represented at board or top-management level are also the companies that perform best.

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Centered leadership: How talented women thrive

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