To celebrate Women’s History Month (only a few days left!), The female empowerment campaign ActuallySheCan, asked millennial women what they think and how they feel about leadership.
Though women earn 58% of collegiate degrees, and they hold most of the professional level jobs, women are still significantly under-represented in top leadership positions. Is the next generation of millennials ready to close leadership’s gender gap?
According to a recent survey by the female empowerment campaign ActuallySheCan, the answer is decidedly mixed. While 80% of women believe that women and men are equally effective leaders—with 14% responding that women were, in fact, more effective leaders—they took a more critical eye when it came to describing themselves: only 12% identified as influential amongst a group, only 17% felt they were charismatic personalities and only 11% felt they were admired for their ideas.
And how can we help millennial women become a better leader? Her top three responses were as follows: 27% said more opportunities or promotions would help, while 25% said guidance and mentorship, and 24% said more guidance and training.
These findings pack a powerful message. It’s never been more important to empower women to be leaders—through professional opportunities, mentorship and dialogue that champions women’s ambitions and ability to lead.