The Gender Gap

The future is calling for women in leadership.

The world wins when we empower women to create better lives for themselves. In India, gender equality could positively impact our GDP by $700 billion by 2025, per the UN India Business Forum. Educating women helps reduce poverty and creates ripple effects for generations within their families. Those benefits grow exponentially when women pursue higher education, particularly in STEM, where they can contribute to solving real-world problems.

But today, women hold only 29% of senior leadership positions globally.

In India, it’s even lower at a mere 20%, due to multilayered and complex challenges.

But even when corporates push for diversity and inclusion, the talent pool doesn’t offer them enough job-ready, suitable women candidates—despite them graduating successfully from professional degree programs.

India produces the most female STEM graduates globally.

But why do we rank 19th in employing them?

Systemic biases, the gender pay gap, familial responsibility, and societal pressures are massive obstacles in their way.
But there are other factors working against women, impacting their preparedness for the workforce.

How can we close the gender gap?

At Katalyst, we believe more needs to be done at the higher end of the value chain.

While many organizations and states are working to get girls to school, reduce dropout rates, and bring them into STEM, very few provide intense interventions to get them job-ready.

The September 2018 McKinsey report in collaboration with Pivotal Ventures, ‘Closing the Tech Gender Gap Through Philanthropy and Corporate Social Responsibility’ asserts that the US Tech sector is not doing enough to build pathways into Tech for women. It also points out that corporate philanthropy is focused on K-12 programs and not at a university level, from where they ultimately hire talent. India is no different.

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That’s why Katalyst offers women financial support and in-depth technical, leadership, communication, and job-readiness skills training.

Men and women begin their careers equally confident about reaching top management...

... but women’s confidence declines with experience

1What do the terms ‘gender equity’ and ‘gender equality’ mean?
‘Gender equity’ refers to the process of being fair to all genders. This process entails taking measures to level the playing field. For women, such measures work to help them overcome social disadvantages they face because of their gender.
‘Gender equality’ refers to a situation where access to resources and opportunities are not limited by a person’s gender. To achieve gender equality in India, we must implement gender equity strategies and measures.
2What is the importance of gender equality?
Gender equality strengthens society by allowing all members of a population equal opportunities to contribute to growth and development. A population that has equal access to opportunities and resources can help realize human rights, reduce poverty, boost GDP, and strengthen their nation’s competitiveness. Where gender inequality exists, it is typically women who are denied access to those opportunities and resources. That’s why our efforts to achieve gender equality in India—particularly gender equality in the workplace—are focused on empowering women.
3Why do we need more women in STEM?
The gender gap in STEM limits innovation, because solving real-world problems requires a diverse pool of ideas. While more women are finding employment in fields such as sales and marketing, there is a strong need for their involvement in STEM and leadership—not only for their own development, but also for the world’s future.