Editor's note: The correct dates for the workshops are Tuesday, Nov. 27 and Thursday, Nov. 29. A reporter was provided with an incorrect date. The story below has been updated with accurate information.
Community conversations have been set to discuss a recent report by the Women’s Network and come up with solutions.
The report showed, among other things, that women in Akron and Northeast Ohio are underrepresented in senior leadership roles and paid less.
The Gender Equity and Women’s Leadership Research Study of Summit County was recently unveiled by the organization at an event at the John S. Knight Center.
Community meetups will take place from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at the Akron-Summit Public Library, 60 S. High Street in Akron.
Key findings released Nov. 9 also showed women of color are the least represented in senior leadership and women representation on nonprofit boards is unchanged since 2014.
Other findings in the study include:
• In Summit County’s private sector, women make up 10 percent of CEO or CEO-equivalent positions. Sixteen percent of these “C-suite” positions or equivalent are held by women and 1-in-89 is a woman of color.
• Women dominate in participation or employment in nonprofit organizations, with 73 percent of employees being women. But they disappear in leadership roles there, with 80 percent of the top 20 earners being men.
• Women represented on local nonprofit boards of directors remains unchanged from a similar study by another organization in 2014. Women still make up 41 percent of the boards with men making up 59 percent.
• In the public sector, women hold 37 percent of elected positions. On nonelected boards, they hold 43 percent of all seats.
• There is a wide range of gender diversity ratios in the public sector. Among mayors, only 1 percent are women. But women hold 66 percent of judicial seats in the county (that went up to 70 percent after the election earlier this month.) Women account for 12 percent of school superintendents countywide. They also hold 30 percent of all council seats and 40 percent of spots on school boards.
To read an article about the report, go to www.tinyurl.com/fluxstudy.
Organizers said it was not necessary that you attended the FLUX conference to come and discuss the reports and offer suggestions. To register or for more information, go to www.womensnetworkneohio.com/Events.
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