[Report Summary] Women in the Workplace 2018

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LeanIn and McKinsey recently released their annual Women in the Workplace 2018 report. Our team pulled together a quick, skimmable summary.

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A few of the main points in LeanIn and McKinsey’s Women in the Workplace 2018 report.

There seems to be more talk than walk, with goal-setting, transparency, internal communication and accountability lacking.


  • Only 38% of companies set targets for gender representation
  • Only 12% share a majority of gender diversity metrics with their employees
  • Only 42% hold senior leaders accountable for making progress toward gender parity
  • 20% of employees think their company’s commitment to gender diversity feels like lip service

Women are staying in the workplace at the same rate as men, but pipeline and hiring issues are a big culprit. This leads to more and more “onlys” as you move up the corporate ladder (e.g. the only woman).


  • Despite earning more BAs than men, they aren’t getting hired into entry-level jobs at as high a rate as men, though it is close
  • At each promotional level above that, this gap gets higher
    • Women get hired into 48% of entry-level positions
    • By the time they reach senior manager level it’s down to 34%
    • This means women can’t catch up or close that gap when it comes time to hire for leadership positions
  • Note also, this same phenomenon happens to men of color, their opportunities for promotion to leadership declines as you move up the leadership structure, similar to women

Women of color have it particularly difficult.


  • For every 100 men promoted to manager, only 60 black women are
  • 40% of black women have had their judgment questioned in their area of expertise, while 27% of men have
  • Only 35% of black women said their manager promotes their contributions to others, while 46% of men said their manager does
  • 41% of black women said they never have a substantive interaction with a senior leader about their work, while just 27% of men said that

Women have different views from men about how their workplaces feel and how their employers address issues of inclusivity and belonging in the workplace.


  • For 64% of women—and 71% of lesbian women–microaggressions are a workplace reality
  • 35% of women have experienced sexual harassment at some point in their career, from hearing sexist jokes to being touched in an inappropriately sexual way
    • 55% percent of women in senior leadership, 48% of lesbian women, and 45% of women in technical fields report they’ve been sexually harassed
  • Only 27% of employees say that managers regularly challenge biased language and behavior when they observe it
  • 32% of women say that disrespectful behavior toward women is often quickly addressed by their company, compared to 50% of men


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