In not-so-great news, a new survey released by the Rockefeller Foundation's new "Women in Leadership: Tackling Corporate Culture from the Top" report, one in four Americans believe that time travel will happen before half of the Fortune 500 companies are headed by women. Ouch.
Even though women make up 47% of the workforce in the United States, only 6% of Fortune 500 companies have female CEOs — and that number has remained the same since 1955.
History isn't the only reason that people don't see these changes happening in the near future. 65% of the people surveyed seem to think that the attitude's of men in top leadership positions are a barrier to female progress in the workplace. Additionally, 90% of women say that men's attitudes across the company impact the possibility of women rising to the top; only 49% of men agreed.
Further research indicates that 91% of men find women as qualified as men to be professional leaders, but that 75% of survey takers also believe that there's a pervasive perception that women will put family above career.
At present, there are 32 female CEOs in the Fortune 500, and while that's an all time high it still puts the number at just 6.4%. So will time travel come before that breakdown is 50/50? We certainly hope not.