Ensuring that people at the top of the organization are responsible for diversity and inclusion is essential to shed light on the lack of women in leadership positions. Statistics suggest that the low representation of women in positions of responsibility cannot be attributed to a lack of ambition for promotion. Gender-biased evaluations are one of the greatest challenges in getting the same number of women and men to hold management positions in their organizations. Companies can create more inclusive workplaces, improve retention rates among women leaders, and help women achieve their professional goals by taking action in each of these areas.
Twenty-seven percent of women surveyed in the media and entertainment industry say that gender has influenced their loss of a raise, promotion, or chance to get ahead, compared to just 7 percent of men. Women hold 22 percent of management positions in media and entertainment, while women of color hold only 4 percent of those positions. White women represent 33 percent of entry-level positions in media and entertainment, while women of color account for 17 percent. Despite American companies increasingly focusing on ensuring gender parity, women in this industry find themselves in a more hostile workplace than men and face a glass ceiling that prevents them from occupying the most important leadership positions.
To create greater inclusivity in organizations, it is important to learn from women who have risen to leadership positions despite the obstacles they have faced. By understanding their experiences, companies can create an environment where everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed.