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. 
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81% of girls are interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), but only 13% rank it as their first pick. 
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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.
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9 years old, the age a girl’s self-esteem peaks, then takes a nose dive. 
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92% of teen girls would like to change something about the way they look, with their body weight ranking the highest. 
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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. 
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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.
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5% of S&P 500 CEOs are women. 
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20% of employer firms are owned by women.
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20% of congress is female and 23% of the senate is female. 
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2085, The year it is estimated that women will reach parity with men in leadership roles in our country. 
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  1. Girl Scout Research Institute, “The State of Girls: Thriving or Surviving?” (2014), available athttps://www.girlscouts.org/research/publications/stateofgirls/
  2. Girl Scout Research Institute, “Generation STEM: What Girls Say about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math” (2012). athttps://www.girlscouts.org/research/publications/stem/generation_stem_what_girls_say.asp
  3. Anita Gurian, Ph.D., “Girls with Low Self-Esteem: How to Raise Girls with Healthy Self-Esteem”, education.com, April 24, 2014. http://www.education.com/reference/article/Ref_Mirror_Mirror_Wall/
  4. Dove Global Study, “Beyond stereotypes”(2005), Self Esteem Discussion Guide for Mothers of Girls Aged 11-16, available athttp://www.dove.us/docs/pdf/DSEF%20Discussion%20Guide%20for%20Mothers.pdf
  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 http://www.ddiworld.com/resources/library/trend-research/women-as-mentors-does-she-or-doesnt-she#.VEay-xamPDA
  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 https://www.census.gov/data/tables/timeseries/demo/income-poverty/cps-pinc/pinc-05.html  
  7. Catalyst, Women CEOs of the S&P 500 (August 6, 2018). https://www.catalyst.org/knowledge/women-ceos-sp-500
  8. U.S. Census Bureau, Number of Women-Owned Employer Firms Increases (August 2018). https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2018/employer-firms.html
  9. Center for Women in Politics, “Facts on Women in Congress 2018”, available at http://www.cawp.rutgers.edu/women-us-congress-2018
  10. Diana Mitsu Klos, "The Women’s Media Center Status of Women in the U.S. Media 2013"  available at http://www.womensmediacenter.com/page/-/WMC-Status-US-Women-Media-2013.pdf