A Reality Check: Women
Perceptions and Stereotypes -Versus the Facts
Data from surveys
by Korn/Ferry and Catalyst
Women as managers
In 1990 the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the number of female managers -- defined by the federal government as executives, administrators, and managers -- was 6 million. The number of male managers was 9 million.
Private surveys conducted by Korn/Ferry and Catalyst, show that women represent from 3 percent to 5 percent of all senior managers -- vice president and above -- in the private sector. In 1991, then Secretary of Labor Lynn Martin released a Department of Labor Glass Ceiling report which showed that women held only 6.6 percent of executive level jobs in the 94 companies surveyed.
The findings of a 1992 Korn/Ferry Survey of women in senior management positions in the Fortune 1000 industrial and 500 service companies refute many of the popular stereotypes about women that have been cited for why "they are not senior management material." For example,
|Published in In Motion Magazine October 3, 1996.
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