Slow climb to the C-suite

Women’s representation in the corporate pipeline has made modest gains in recent years, according to the most recent Women in the Workplace report. Senior partners Alexis Krivkovich and Lareina Yee and coauthors note that although the number of women in the C-suite has jumped 11 percentage points since 2015, women of color remain underrepresented across corporate positions.

Women’s representation saw modest gains throughout the corporate pipeline, but women of color remain underrepresented.

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A series of segmented bar graphs show representation in corporate roles by gender and race, from entry level to manager, senior manager/director, vice president, senior vice president, and C-suite. Entry level shows near parity on gender, with 34% White men, 18% men of color, 29% White women, and 19% women of color. While C-suite shows a greater gender gap, with 57% White men, 15% men of color, 22% White women, and 6% women of color.

Note: Figures may not sum to 100%, because of rounding. Total percent of women per level may not sum to overall corporate pipeline totals, because overall fi¬gure does not include employees with unreported race data.

Source: Women in the Workplace 2023, McKinsey & Company and LeanIn.Org

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To read the report, see “Women in the Workplace 2023,” October 5, 2023.