Despite the significant strides women have achieved in the workplace, gender inequality persists in many industries. According to the Corporate Gender Gap Report published by the World Economic Forum in 2010, many leading companies across the globe still lack gender equality policies that advocates say would facilitate a better gender balance, particularly across executive and senior management positions.
The nonprofit sector has established a reputation for equitable hiring, promotion and treatment of employees. Academics and professionals have cited charitable, humanitarian and development organizations for being less discriminatory, prioritizing gender equity and empowering women. International nongovernmental organizations are commonly recognized for both grooming and attracting female leaders.