2021 Women in the Workplace Report | LeanIn and McKinsey

Workforce Trends

One of the most viewed reports I shared last year was the 2020 Women in the Workplace Report, a publication produced annually by LeanIn.org and McKinsey since 2015. The study is the largest on the state of women in corporate America. Last year’s study provided various insights on the challenges facing many working women–especially mothers, senior-level women, and Black women—during the pandemic. The 2021 version of this study was recently released and shared new findings. The 62-page report has various insights, including 1) Women report being even more burned out than a year ago, and burnout is escalating much faster among women than men. 2) Since the first year of the pandemic, there has been an increase in the number of women (1 in 4 in 2020, and now 1 in 3 in 2021) who are downshifting their careers or leaving the workforce altogether  3) While female representation has increased across the talent pipeline since 2016, there are still significant gaps at the leadership level — especially for women of color. Several other insights are provided, including page 50 that shows how top-performing companies are driving progress in women’s representation across the leadership pipeline. Firms can use these insights to more effectively advance equity, inclusion, and the wellbeing of women within their organizations.

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