Research and Publications on Women's Leadership

Nov 08, 2017

Korn Ferry and the Rockefeller Foundation

When roughly 94% of Fortune 1000 chief executive officers (CEOs) are men, what qualities drive the 6% who are women to the most elite reaches of corporate leadership?

Nov 01, 2017

On November 1, 2017, Gwen K. Young, Director of the Global Women's Leadership Initiative and Women in Public Service Project hosted a webinar to show participants how to analyze findings and datasets in the Leadership Index, as well as discuss key findings and critical gaps in the global data to date.

Oct 25, 2017

Today, women running for office are motivated by a renewed sense of urgency, as well as optimism about their ability to compete at a moment when voters are thirsting for new ideas and fresh perspectives. Our data supports their instincts that now is the time to run and serve. Indeed, it is an excellent time to be a woman running for office. As Americans express frustration with the political status quo, the perception of women as “different” in a sea of male—mostly white—elected officials and candidates offers them a distinctive advantage in the eyes of voters. Voters tend to associate certain character traits more heavily with women, which can be an advantage or a disadvantage.


Oct 18, 2017

Women in the United States have made significant strides toward closing the gaps that have kept them from achieving equality with men. But the country is sharply divided over how much work remains to be done, and those divisions are rooted mainly in the growing partisan schism that pervades American values and culture these days.


Oct 01, 2017

The National Representation Index measures political power by race and gender, comparing the demographics of a state's population to its elected officials, and adjusting for level of office.


Oct 01, 2017

"The absence of women in equal numbers with men as international judges and members of human rights monitoring bodies is a grave issue. Gender disparities in international institutions undermine the international commitment to equality and non-discrimination."