Women in Nonprofit Leadership Positions – Fewer Than We Think?
|November 18, 2012||Posted by M. P. under Management, News||
The Women’s College of The University of Denver recently released preview data from the upcoming second edition of the study Benchmarking Women’s Leadership indicating little to no growth of women in senior leadership positions in the United States since the 2009 study. Among sectors included in the release were the government/political arena and nonprofits, both areas which are considered more likely to have an equal gender split, if not more women, in their workforce.
In the government sector, women make up over ¼ of executive leadership positions, while among nonprofits, they account for 21 percent in organizations with annual budgets of over $25 million. Social entrepreneurship appears to be a niche where women-led enterprises are thriving in significant numbers, although women lag behind their male counterparts in the entrepreneurship sector overall. Despite evidence that many female entrepreneurs are excelling at startups, and that 20 percent of the top entrepreneurs of 2011 were women, they receive just 11 percent of available startup capital.
The complete results from the second edition of Benchmarking Women’s Leadership study will be released in spring of 2013.
The gender gap in advancement isn’t exactly news, but in the nonprofit sector, where the majority of the employees are women, why are so few reaching the top tier of management?