Research & Statistics

39% of girls have been put down or discouraged when trying to lead. 1

21% of girls believe they currently have most of the key qualities required to be a good leader. 

81% of girls are interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), but only 13% rank it as their first pick. 

57% of girls say that if they went into a STEM career, they’d have to work harder than a man just to be taken seriously.

9 years old, the age a girl’s self-esteem peaks, then takes a nose dive. 

92% of teen girls would like to change something about the way they look, with their body weight ranking the highest. 

67% of women rate mentorship as highly important in helping to advance and grow their careers, yet 63% of women never has had a formal mentor. 

80 cents: how much women earn for every dollar that men receive. When you break it down by race: Black women are paid 63 cents, Latinas receive 54 cents, White, non-Hispanic women are paid 77 cents, and Asian women 85 cents for every dollar paid to white men.

5% of S&P 500 CEOs are women. 

20% of employer firms are owned by women.

20% of congress is female and 23% of the senate is female. 

2085, The year it is estimated that women will reach parity with men in leadership roles in our country. 


  1. Girl Scout Research Institute, “The State of Girls: Thriving or Surviving?” (2014), available at
  2. Girl Scout Research Institute, “Generation STEM: What Girls Say about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math” (2012). at
  3. Anita Gurian, Ph.D., “Girls with Low Self-Esteem: How to Raise Girls with Healthy Self-Esteem”,, April 24, 2014.
  4. Dove Global Study, “Beyond stereotypes”(2005), Self Esteem Discussion Guide for Mothers of Girls Aged 11-16, available at
  5. Stephanie Neal, Jazmine Boatman, Ph.D. and Linda Miller, Trend Research “Women as Mentors: Does She or Doesn’t She? A Global Study of Businesswomen and Mentoring” available at
  6. U.S. Census Bureau. (2018). Current Population Survey, Annual Social and Economic (ASEC) Supplement: Table PINC-05: Work Experience in 2017 – People 15 Years Old and Over by Total Money Earnings in 2017, Age, Race, Hispanic Origin, Sex, and Disability Status. Retrieved 13 September 2018, from  
  7. Catalyst, Women CEOs of the S&P 500 (August 6, 2018).
  8. U.S. Census Bureau, Number of Women-Owned Employer Firms Increases (August 2018).
  9. Center for Women in Politics, “Facts on Women in Congress 2018”, available at
  10. Diana Mitsu Klos, "The Women’s Media Center Status of Women in the U.S. Media 2013"  available at