CENTURY OF PROGRESS, BUT STILL FAR TO GO
On Aug. 26, the country celebrated Women’s Equality Day, the anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution in 1920, which in effect prohibited the states and the federal government from denying women the right to vote.
And over the 98 years since that date, enormous progress toward gender equality in business, government and society has been made, but full parity has yet to be achieved.
Statisticians agree that today more women than men graduate from college and that just as many women as men enter the workforce. Yet in the U.S. there’s still a significant gender wage gap, which widens for minorities, and which contributes to a continuing feeling of disenfranchisement among women.
This year’s Dealmakers Elite New York includes a number of prominent women, but the list is still overwhelming male. Variety has taken a proactive stance toward parity. For example, panels at Variety’s conferences and summits must include at least one female participant. The conferences have improved as a result.
As we continue to create lists like this one, we will strive to be as inclusive as possible and move closer to the goal of gender parity on all Variety Impact, 10 to Watch, and Elite lists.
— Peter Caranicas