How Do We Support Millennial Women To Become Leaders?

In celebration of Women's History Month, the female empowerment campaign ActuallySheCan, asked millennial women what they think and how they feel about female 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. 

The infographic below is a consolidated illustration of these findings.

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