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Although 10.6% of Fortune 500 CEO slots are held by women and 30.4% of board positions are, most Americans feel that women are under-represented in business, according to new survey from the Pew Research Center.

Among those who say there are too few women in top business positions, 79% say it would be ideal to have the same number of women and men in these roles.

An article on the Pew research shows the factors seen as major reasons why there are not more women in top executive positions.

  • Women have to do more to prove themselves than men (58% say this is a major reason)
  • Gender discrimination (cited by 50%)
  • Family responsibilities (cited by 48%)
  • Many businesses not being ready to hire women for these positions (cited by 43%)
  • Sexual harassment creating an environment that makes it harder for women to succeed (cited by 40%)


Nearly two-thirds of women (65%) say that there are too few women in top executive business positions. However, only 45% of men say the same. Men are more likely than women to say the number of women in these positions is about right (46% vs. 29%), says the report.

There’s a divide in opinion based on political party affiliation as well, with 76% of Democrats saying there are too few women in top business leadership positions, compared with 33% of Republicans. A majority of Republicans (56%) say the number of women in these positions is about right.

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