Women and Girls’ Leadership

Increasing Leadership Capacity and Civic Participation
Among Women and Girls

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Created with post survey results from Strong Girls, Strong Women Conference 2019

There is an uneven playing field for men and women in leadership and politics.

  • Women make up 51% of the US population, but make up just under 20% of the United States Congress.
  • Women hold 18.5 percent of congressional seats, and they are just 20 percent of U.S. senators.
  • Women of color represent only 4.5 percent of the total members of Congress.
  • Women make up only 14.6 percent of executive officers, 8.1 percent of top earners, and 4.6 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs.
  • They hold just 16.9 percent of Fortune 500 board seats.
  • Women accounted for 16 percent of all the directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers, and editors who worked on the top-grossing 250 domestic films of 2013.
  • Women of color hold 3.2 percent of the board seats of Fortune 500 companies. In fact, more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies have no women of color as board directors at all.


The Office of Women's Policy is committed to building a pipeline to leadership by supporting women and girls alike.​ Check out our video "Hey, Sister... A Message in Solidarity for Shared Success" for stories, advice, and information from inspiring and successful women and girls in our community.

Pipeline to Leadership

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