The current U.S. Census population clock predicts the population of the United States to be nearly 325 million people, with women making up approximately 50.8 percent of that population.
While women may make up half of the population, they still only account for 47 percent of the workforce and, of that percentage, the number of women in executive leadership positions is abysmally low.
According to numbers from the Center for American Progress, women account for only 14.6 percent of executive officers, 8.1 percent of top earners, and 4.6 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs.
So why, exactly, are there so few women in the C-Suite?
In a short discussion with Fortune, Sheryl Sandberg – COO of Facebook & Author of Lean In – discusses the reasons why women may not be making it to the top and how companies can address the biases women and minorities face in the workplace.
Watch the video below and then let us know in the comments how you think the maritime and offshore industries can reduce the gender gap.
Sheryl Sandberg says that companies need to commit to diversity. Subscribe to Fortune – http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=FortuneMagazineVideo FORTUNE is a global leader in business journalism with a worldwide circulation of more than 1 million and a readership of nearly 5 million, with major franchises including the FORTUNE 500 and the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For.
Jessica Aberle holds a USCG Second Mate Unlimited Tonnage License and is a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. She has worked in the Offshore Oil & Gas Industry since her graduation in 2013, and participated in the delivery of a new build drillship to the Gulf of Mexico from South East Asia. She spent a portion of her career as the only female aboard, however, she has been lucky enough to work with a large percentage of females aboard for the past few years and has seen first hand the difference diversity makes in the work place. Jessica is passionate about empowering women in male dominated industries and believes that innovation & productivity thrive in a diverse work environment. Jessica currently lives in the Las Vegas area with her Husband, Lee, and their two dogs. Jessica is honored to contribute to Women Offshore, and excited to be a part of such a supportive & informative community.