Why aren’t there more women leaders? (Guest commentary)

It’s time for women to capitalize on their unique leadership abilities
By Elaine Allison
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/21/2006

Do men lead differently than women and does it have an impact? According to the International Labour Organization and Statistics Canada, women are still earning about 76 cents on the dollar compared to their male counterparts.

Research from Statistics Canada shows Canada is lagging with only 34 per cent of women in leadership roles whereas in the United States it is as high as 50.3 per cent, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. And only a handful of these women are in the top executive jobs. A recent survey by Catalyst, a research and advisory organization, revealed that 55 per cent of women and 57 per cent of men want to be CEO. So why is the gap still there?

A look at the female brain, hormones and the impact of cultural expectations might help shed some light on why women leaders still lag behind men.