The share of women holding top executive positions in the U.S. has grown steadily in recent years, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Women held 31.7% of top executive positions across industries in 2021, a near five-point increase since 2015, when it stood at 27.1%.
While that trend may give women’s advocates a cause for celebration on International Women’s Day this Wednesday, other data points point to a more troubling picture.
Despite making up 47.4% of the American workforce, women hold just 42.1% of all managerial positions. These rates have crept closer in recent years, but men still fill a disproportionate amount of these roles.