The pipeline of women going into leadership shrinks as the salaries go higher: Women start out at 48% of entry level positions, but fall to 21% at the Csuite (this is up 3-4% from 2015).

The problem starts at the very beginning of a woman’s career—it’s not the ‘glass ceiling’ but the ‘broken rung’ in the first step of the ladder.

  • The Broken Rung: There is a significant drop of of women moving from entry level to the first promotion into management, ten percent (from 48% to 38%).
  • The Glass Ceiling: By comparison, the drop from Sr. Manager to Vice President shows only a four percent drop (from 34% to 30%).
  • The bottom line is that men hold 62% of first level management positions, and--statistically--women never make up difference.

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