Women In The Workplace; The Glass Ceiling May Be Breaking – But Now The ‘Broken Rung’ Blocks Advancement

By Corilyn Shropshire
Chicago Tribune

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) A new “Women in the Workplace” report reveals that for every 100 men promoted or hired into a manager role, only 72 women were moved up the ladder.


The glass ceiling has long been talked about as the barrier keeping women from top roles in the workplace.

A new report says there’s a more pervasive problem facing women trying to climb the corporate ladder, a “broken rung” that inhibits their ability to step into that first management position.

Instead, they get stuck in lower-paid, entry-level jobs with less mobility and few prospects for advancement, according to the report by consulting firm McKinsey & Co., and Lean In, a nonprofit formed to support women’s ambitions.

The “Women in the Workplace” report found that for every 100 men promoted or hired into a manager role, only 72 women were.
Researchers also found there had been little progress for women in the workplace since their first report in 2015. A case in point: in that first report, 37% of the women surveyed were in management-level positions. Four years later, only 38%% of women surveyed were in managerial roles.

“This early inequality has a long-term impact on the talent pipeline,” the researchers concluded.

To gather the results, the report’s authors culled human resources data from 329 companies and surveyed more than 68,500 employees on their experiences in the workplace. In addition, this year’s findings build on data collected over the past four years and on similar research conducted by McKinsey & Co. in 2012, according to the report.

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