School is out, and commencement is right around the corner. And, while the stress of group projects, research papers, and quizzes are a thing of the past, there is a new source of stress looming around the bend for some graduates – the anxiety of the job search. For women seeking executive-level positions, such as CMO, CEO, or COO, the outlook is rather grim. While women account for 48% of entry-level positions, just 23% of the “C suite.”
It’s unfortunate that corporate America is struggling to break free of its patriarchal roots, but it’s encouraging to know that some companies are doing a better job of adapting to the pace of progress. Recently, Statista released their annual ranking of America’s best workplaces for women (a study based on a survey of 60,000 Americans, 40,000 of which are women, who work for businesses with at least 1,000 employees). This year, the top two slots are held by beauty industry giants: Estee Lauder (no. 1) and Ulta (no. 2). This is very encouraging news for a historically male-dominated industry.
So, while the winds of change are often unseen, they are indeed still blowing.