Working women have made impressive progress. Just 20 years ago, S&P 500 companies claimed only 2 women among the elite CEO club. Today, 41 women are CEOs of companies such as General Motors, Best Buy, Walgreens, The Hershey Company, Oracle, Citigroup, and Clorox. But still, that’s only 8 percent of CEOs, while women make up more than half the U.S. population. Women made gains in the C-Suite too but are still outnumbered 17:1.
The pandemic took a pronounced toll on women. Some even called it the “shecession.” Women left the workforce at 4 times the rate of men. The “mom penalty” added insult to injury. Upon reentry, many professional women over 50 will meet gendered ageism.
The United States is facing a reckoning about race, diversity, equality, and inclusion. Ageism and genderism often fall off the radar. What can women over 50 do to overcome the bias in the workplace as well as stop their own internalized bias? What are some of the self-inflicted stereotypes that working women themselves perpetuate?
Our second segment features Professor M.S.Rao, whose passion and vision is to build one million students as global leaders by 2030. He’ll share the importance of soft leadership, from his bestselling book “See the Light in You” for which His Holiness Dalai Lama wrote a foreword and “Strategies to Build Women Leaders Globally.”