CEN­TURY OF PROGRESS, BUT STILL FAR TO GO

Variety - - Dealmakers Elite N.y. -

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

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