I am 37 years old, turning 38 in January. I wish to believe that the the gender gap does not exist, really. Unfortunately, research now shows that female CEO’s had a track record of 23 (!) years at the same company before becoming a CEO, whereas men were considered after only 15 years.
The median long stint for these women CEOs is 23 years spent at a single company in one stretch before becoming the CEO. To understand whether this was the norm, we pulled a random sample of their male Fortune 500 CEO counterparts. For the men in the sample, the median long stint is 15 years. This means that for women, the long climb is over 50% longer than for their male peers.
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