It’s hard to imagine that women in the American workplace are unequal any more, but a gender gap still exists in many industries. The nonprofit and association world is no exception. Naturally, studies are done often throughout the years that point to one trend or another, but it's still a large, confusing world. That's why we've compiled a list to help women navigate the complicated world of being an association leader!
“While the study finds that women continue to dominate the nonprofit space—they made up 75 percent of the sector’s total workforce in 2005—that representation doesn’t translate to the C-suite. According to the study, just 16.3 percent of nonprofits with budgets above $50 million had a female CEO in 2009.”
Top Five Reasons Why Women Flock to Nonprofit Jobs by Kerry Hannon
“For many women, though, nonprofits are attractive places to work, glass ceiling be damned.
Why? It’s one door that is easier to swing through when they return to work after being out for a few years raising children or caring for an aging relative.”
Women Leaders and Work From a Non-Profit Perspective by Tensie Whelan
“…it is a man's world. Whether for-profit or non-profit, almost all of my peers are men.
Some of the debate has centered on "male" vs. "female" values and traits, with some asking why women should adopt stereotypically male traits in order to get ahead. I think that is the wrong question. I think there are real strengths in both "male" and "female" traits. We need to learn from the effective traits associated with the opposite gender, and incorporate them into our overall skill sets.”
“The survey of 145 nonprofit groups in the region found that men who held the top job at a charity earned an average of $110,962, compared with $80,987 for women.
That pay gap is partially due to the fact that men are more likely to lead large organizations — which offer higher salaries — than are women, according to Margaret Linnane, executive director of the Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership Center at Rollins College, in Winter Park, Fla., which conducted the survey”
Women and Associations by MemberClicks
“Women’s groups take up a big section of associations, and in fact, I even belong to a women’s professional association. Honestly, much of the focus of women’s associations is similar to those of other associations: networking, mentorship, career advancement, collaboration, etc. Since the pay gap is narrowing and equal opportunities for leadership are emerging, many women’s associations have less of a focus on major policy and lobbying issues and more of a focus on career advancements.”