Women in Leadership

September 23, 2016 • Volume 26, Issue 33
Can women achieve true equality?
By Alan Greenblatt

Introduction

Hillary Clinton (Getty Images/Joe Raedle)
Advocates for women say a Hillary Clinton victory in November will boost women's rights. But some fear a loss by Clinton could set back the fight for gender equality. Above, Clinton at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on July 28, 2016. (Getty Images/Joe Raedle)

Women have made huge strides in the United States since the modern feminist revolution began some 50 years ago. Women serve on the Supreme Court and as Federal Reserve chair, and a few run multinational companies like General Motors and PepsiCo. But scholars say women still have a long way to go before they enjoy parity with men. They lead only 21 of the nation's 500 largest corporations, hold less than a fifth of congressional seats and earn less on average than men for comparable work. In professional sports, female players are paid far less than men, even when they are more successful. Women's advocates are looking to Hillary Clinton, the first female presidential nominee of a major party, to win the White House and advance the cause of women's rights. A Clinton victory would end any doubts that women can achieve the highest summits of power and leadership. Some fear, however, that a Clinton loss could set back the cause of women's equality and perpetuate gender discrimination.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
Women's Rights
Sep. 23, 2016  Women in Leadership
May 13, 2016  Women in Combat
Apr. 17, 2015  Girls' Rights
Apr. 03, 2012  Women's Rights
Nov. 13, 2009  Women in the Military
May 2008  Women's Rights
Mar. 21, 2008  Women in Politics
Feb. 28, 1997  Feminism's Future
Oct. 13, 1989  Should Women Be Allowed into Combat?
Jul. 28, 1989  Do Pregnant Women Lose Legal Rights?
Sep. 17, 1982  Women and Politics
Dec. 15, 1978  Equal Rights Fight
Jun. 23, 1978  The Rights Revolution
Jun. 13, 1975  International Women's Year
Jul. 05, 1973  Women's Consciousness Raising
Oct. 11, 1972  Women Voters
Aug. 05, 1970  Status of Women
Feb. 20, 1956  Women in Politics
Jan. 24, 1951  Womanpower in Mobilization
Apr. 04, 1946  Equal Rights Amendment
May 31, 1927  The Woman's Vote in National Elections
BROWSE RELATED TOPICS:
Campaigns and Elections
Civil Rights: Women
Feminism
Judicial Appointments
Organization of Congress
Sports and Recreation
Women in the Workplace