Gloria Steinem asks the question “But, are you working for a woman?” (Bennetts, 2012).
The question demands answers given the statistics. In the United States, 85.9% of all
executive positions are held by men. The underrepresentation of women in senior
management has been called a global experiential problem (Silva, Ahmad, Omar & Rasdi
2012). This is an alarming statistic considering that approximately 48% of the workforce
is comprised of women. “Stereotype beliefs that men are intellectually and emotionally
superior and therefore are set for promotions because they are more assertive and possess
attributes for success hinder women from breaking the glass ceiling.” (Padman, 2010).
The research and written analysis will reveal information as to why this may be
happening and explore the characteristics and skills of women in leadership. The
variables will be displayed along with the type of research conducted. A proposed
solution to the problem will also be presented. Literature was obtained from academic
databases such as EBSCOhost and ProQuest. The literature will be broken down into
five different categories: statistics, characteristics of women leaders, challenges, basics of
leadership, and the future. The literature will be reviewed, analyzed and a conclusion
presented by the author.