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9 Surprising Stats in Celebration of International Women's Day

In celebration of International Women’s Day, we compiled nine stats that might surprise you about women in the workforce. We hope these encourage your company to rethink any bias that might exist in your hiring process.

9 Stats in Honor of International Women’s Day

1. The World Economic Forum has projected that correcting gender segregation in employment and in entrepreneurship could increase aggregate productivity globally by as much as 16%. (World Economic Forum, STEM fields still have a gender imbalance. Here's what we can do about it, March 16, 2017)

2. Women only hold about 10% of the top executive positions at U.S. companies, with women making up just 5% of chief executives of S&P 1500 companies. (Silicon Valley Bank, Women in Technology Leadership 2019)

3. Just 56% of startups have at least one woman in an executive position, and only 40 % have at least one woman on the board of directors. (Kapor Center, What’s it like to be a female tech entrepreneur?, September 2018)

4. Nearly 60% of women — women from all racial backgrounds — experienced unwanted comments or jokes about their gender. (EY November 2018, EY explores belonging in the workplace, with new Belonging Barometer study)

5. The majority of women (61%) believe that exclusion is a form of bullying in the workplace, the majority of men (53%) believe it is not. (LinkedIn, Gender Insights Report, March 5, 2019)

6. Recruiters are 13% less likely to click on a woman’s profile than a man’s when she shows up a in a search. (Glassdoor, 50 HR and Recruiting Stats for 2019)

7. Female job seekers/workers are 50% more likely than male job seekers/workers to cite CEO misbehavior as a reason to drop from the recruitment process (42% vs. 21%), and 41% more likely to rate poor customer service levels as a detracting factor (39% vs. 23%). (Glassdoor, 50 HR and Recruiting Stats for 2019)

8. Women constitute slightly more than half of the college-educated workers but makeup only 25% of college-educated STEM workers. (U.S. Department of Commerce Economics and Statistics Administration, Women in STEM: 2017 Update)

9. Women receive 50% of all Science and Engineering bachelor’s degrees. Of the STEM fields, women received 18% of computer science degrees, 20% of engineering degrees, 43% of mathematics and statistics degrees, and 39% of physical sciences degrees, and 59% of biological science degrees. (National Science Board, Science and Engineering Indicators 2018)

At Lever, we live diversity and inclusion every day with 46% of Leveroos identifying as non-white, 51% of Leveroos identifying as female and 20 languages spoken across our company. We’re proud to be led by female CEO and Co-Founder Sarah Nam, and half of our executive team is female. We’ve also been recognized as the #1 Momentum Leader in the ATS category out of 39 solution providers for the second time in a row. Lever currently serves customers spanning across 51 countries, helping them hire a diverse and innovative workforce to scale for the future.

Want to learn more about building a diverse and inclusive culture? Discover how to leverage top recruiting strategies to balance your workforce for the better on International Women’s Day site or in our recent webinar with PowertoFly, Inclusion in Action: How to Source Diverse Talent.

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