Gender and Leadership Omnibus
Survey Details: Conducted November 2014 | File Release Date: 25 May 2016
The Data on Women Leaders
Most Americans find women indistinguishable from men on key leadership traits, yet women still make up a small share of top leadership jobs. Explore the share of women in top U.S. political and business roles over time with these interactive charts.
Appendix A: Survey Methodology
The analysis in this report is based mostly on a survey conducted November 12-21, 2014 among a sample of 1,835 adults (921 women and 914 men) 18 years of age or older. The survey was conducted by the GfK Group using KnowledgePanel, its nationally representative online research panel. KnowledgePanel members are recruited through probability sampling […]
Chapter 3: Obstacles to Female Leadership
Americans widely believe that men have a better shot at leadership positions in business and politics, even as majorities say that men and women make equally good leaders. There is little consensus, however, on why women remain underrepresented in these fields. About four-in-ten believe higher standards for women and lack of readiness by companies to […]
Chapter 2: What Makes a Good Leader, and Does Gender Matter?
Whether they are heading a major corporation or serving in elected office, leaders bring a combination of traits to the table. In the public’s estimation, some traits are clearly more important than others. Honesty, intelligence and decisiveness are considered “absolutely essential” leadership qualities by at least eight-in-ten adults. Roughly two-thirds of adults (67%) say that […]
Chapter 1: Women in Leadership
A total of 299 women have served as U.S. representatives or senators since 1917, when Jeannette Rankin of Montana was elected as the first woman to serve in Congress.7 And this month, a record 104 women were sworn in as members of the 114th Congress. Yet, while the share of women serving in Congress has […]
Women and Leadership
Most Americans say women are every bit as capable of being good leaders as men, whether in political offices or in corporate boardrooms. So why, then, are they underrepresented in top jobs?
Media, Race and Obama’s First Year
As a group, African Americans attracted relatively little attention in the U.S. mainstream news media during the first year of Barack Obama’s presidency — and what coverage there was tended to focus more on specific episodes than on examining how broader issues and trends affected the lives of blacks generally.
Race, Ethnicity and Campaign ’08
Race, ethnicity and politics can sometimes make for a volatile mix, as the presidential field of 2008 has begun to discover. But in the world beyond politics, race relations in this country are on a pretty even keel.