According to a recent survey by McKinsey & Co., for the first time, women are half of the educated labor force and earn the majority of advanced degrees. But while women are doing spectacularly well in universities, in some workplaces it can be the opposite picture. Gender equality, while a very noble goal, has proven to be exceedingly difficult to achieve.
To prove the point, we need look no further than the movie business. Every male superhero in every galaxy has their own solo movie (or multiple films), and yet it’s taken 76 years (yes, 76) to generate a big-screen version of the world’s most famous heroine, Wonder Woman. The new movie (comes out on June 2) is the origin story of the famous Amazon who also stars in the upcoming Justice League franchise for Warner Bros. next year.
It’s really fascinating to see how Wonder Woman, first introduced in 1941, has evolved and been reinvented by every generation. But as cool as she is, let’s face it, we’re still looking at 75 years to get a starting lead big screen role. Hey, better late than never.
Here’s a few cool stats about working women out there from the U.S. Dept of Labor
- There are 74.6 million women in the civilian labor force.
- Almost 47 percent of U.S. workers are women.
- More than 39 percent of women work in occupations where women make up at least three-quarters of the workforce.
- Women own close to 10 million businesses, accounting for $1.4 trillion in receipts.
- Female veterans tend to continue their service in the labor force: About 3 out of 10 serve their country as government workers.
I know many amazing women who run departments, companies, families and foundations. I have the privilege of leading my own team of Amazon warriors who work hard to save business owners from the stress and the perils of the employee benefits world. And they’re not just good…they’re super.