Hogan Lovells

Hogan Lovells

Thursday, February 9, 2012

How Girl Scouts View Leadership

Although today’s young women see the glass ceiling as a very real barrier to career success, most are confident they will live to see a female in the White House.

Last week, Girl Scouts of the USA released the results of a survey that was conducted to better understand how girls ages 8 to 17 view the concept of leadership. The results paint a picture of disquiet about the current business environment, tempered with optimism about the future.

Among the major findings of the study: nearly 60% of girls believe that women can rise up in a company or organization but will rarely make it all the way to the top, and 67% say that women are more burdened than men by family responsibilities as they pursue a career.

Despite their negative view of the current business environment, 78% of the 1,001 survey respondents think they have it much easier than their mothers’ generation did.

Overwhelmingly, the survey respondents expressed strong interest in having current business leaders reach out to them so they might learn from the women’s successes – but many reported they had limited opportunity to interact with successful women.

It may be that today’s leading women hold the key to breaking down barriers for the next generation. How can you support the aspirations of our future female leaders?

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