Local group takes aim at business gender gap

The study found that both genders would prefer a man over a woman as a boss.

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – A new study shows the nation’s top CEO’s and managers are still mostly men.

A Pew Research study found only 5 percent of CEO’s at Fortune 500 companies are women, and both genders prefer their boss to be a man.

Girls Incorporated in Holyoke told 22News their goal is to give young girls a chance to reach their full potential now as students, and later as professionals.

Sarah Dunton, the Girls Inc. Education Director told 22News their main priority is to teach girls skills that will help them reach upper level positions when they enter the workforce.

Dunton told 22News, “We really start young, so we’ve got, as I said we work with girls from 5-18 so across the age spectrum, we are teaching them outreach skills, peer leadership, public speaking.”

The organization also brings in guest speakers to describe how women have succeeded in careers dominated by men. Last weeks guest speaker was U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren.

The study found woman hold less than 9 percent of top management positions.

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