Research furthers efforts to empower women to achieve their personal and professional goals
The Center for Women in Business conducts research with leading institutions to explore women’s business issues and highlight their economic potential.
The Honorable Margaret Spellings, former president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, says, "For 100 years, the Chamber has consistently promoted and supported the cause of free enterprise. Successful businesswomen personify free enterprise and it is central to the Center for Women in Business that we support women as they work to achieve their professional goals and potential."
Our research agenda furthers that mission.
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) are essential to the U.S. economy and to sustainable long-term economic growth. STEM education and STEM employment are both crucial. The demand for STEM workers in the United States across industries is expected to grow faster than other occupations in the next decade. Women account for half of the labor force, yet they account for only one-quarter of core STEM jobs. Although the participation rates of women in STEM education and occupations have been rising over the past decades, women are still underrepresented in the core STEM fields.
Women-Owned Businesses: Carving a New American Business Landscape
This research highlights the growing impact of women entrepreneurs and small business owners on the American economy and how women are reshaping the entrepreneurial landscape. In particular, we examine the “1099 economy” and the women who have started their own micro-enterprises either out of choice or necessity. The research also provides powerful examples of systems and programs that encourage and support women’s business initiatives in communities around the United States.
Advancing Women to the Top
This report focuses on the state of women’s leadership at the Fortune 1000 level and the business imperative for maximizing the potential of women. The report discuss six insights that companies of all sizes and across all industries will find helpful for increasing women's leadership at the executive and board level.
Women in Leadership
This report examines women’s participation and compensation in the top management ranks of S&P small-cap 600, S&P mid-cap 400, and S&P large-cap 500 companies.