Women in Leadership

In Work, Education and Government

Zonta Advocates for Women’s Leadership + Gender Equality in the Workplace

Sustainable Development Goal No. 5 is to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. While progress has been made, no country in the world has achieved gender equality.

    • According to recent data from some 90 countries, women devote on average roughly three times more hours a day to unpaid care and domestic work than men, limiting the time available for paid work, education and leisure and further reinforcing gender-based socioeconomic disadvantages.
    • Women are paid approximately 81 cents for every dollar a man makes.
    • Women continue to be underrepresented at all levels of political leadership. As of 1 January 2019, women’s representation in national Parliaments ranged from 0 to 61.3%, with the average standing at 24.2%.
    • While women represented 39% of world employment, only 27% of managerial positions in the world were occupied by women in 2018.

Zonta uSA Priorities

  1. Identify legislation and policy that advances women in the workforce. Key areas of focus are Child Care, Equal Pay and Paid Leave. We seek to support bi-partisan legislation. Clubs are asked to identify and support legislation in these areas at the State level.

  2. Use our advocacy voice to help progress women in senior leadership, board roles and in elected office.

Equal Pay

Equal Opportunity for Advancement – Managerial Leadership

Women on Boards

Women in Government

2023 Equal Pay Days

  • All Women’s Equal Pay Day is March 15. Women working full time and year round are paid 82 cents for every dollar paid to a man who works full time and year round.

Working women in the US News and Updates

2022 Lean-In McKinsey Women in the Workplace Study

Women in the Workplace is the largest study on the state of women in corporate [...]

The exodus of women leaders from the workforce

Caption: Why Are Women Leaving Executive Role? Reasons by Gender [...]

Best, and Worst States for Women USA 2023

In order to determine how women are faring and where they can find the best [...]

Diversity Among Executive Leadership at Massachusetts’ Largest Public Companies

Women’s Power Gap:  Massachusetts research. Excerpt “1. Women’s representation among top executives has increased, yet [...]

Equal Pay Day Statement + Wear Red March 14th

The USA Caucus of Zonta International, representing over 8000 members in the US, has issued [...]

Has the US Pay Gap gotten smaller? Not much.

Pew Research Updates Study on the Persistent Gender Pay Gap after 20 years "The gender pay [...]

US Wage Gap State by State- AAUW

AAUW researched the pay gap for Women state by state, and profiled the state laws [...]

Women Professionals in Higher Ed Are Large in Number yet Small in Leadership

Women professionals in higher ed are large in number yet small in leadership roles. Although women [...]

Additional Women at Work Resources: Research and Advocacy

Women and Covid;

The Burden of Covid-19 Pandemic on Women in the Workforce(PDF) – Rep Katie Porter US Congress

Women at Work in the US:

US Dept of Labor Statistics– Women’s Bureau reports.

Annual data, State Data, Trends over Time, Participation by occupation, Wages, Mothers and families and more.

Women at Work Statistics; Catalyst

Status of Women Data: Website with maps

Institute for Women’s Policy

Women in the C-Suites and on Boards

HBR: Research: Adding Women to the C-Suite Changes How Companies Think

Women In STEM

Society of Women Engineers: Public Policy

SWE Research on Women in Engineering

Association for Women in Science

Report by National Academies: Sexual Harassment in Academic Science, Engineering, and Medicine

Women In Law Enforcement

National Institute of Justices Report

Women in Politics

Center for American Women in Politics