Women are strong leaders. In fact, according to a Pew Research Center survey on women and leadership, most Americans find women indistinguishable from men on key leadership traits such as intelligence and capacity for innovation, with many saying women leaders are stronger than men when it comes to being compassionate and organized. So why aren't there more women in leadership roles?
Topping the list of reasons, about 4 out of 10 Americans point to a double standard for women seeking to climb to the highest levels of politics or business, where they have to do more than their male counterparts to prove themselves.
To help you think about women in leadership roles and the unique perspectives and successes they bring, we've pulled together the top women's leadership magazines everyone should be reading.
1. Diversity Woman
Diversity Woman—founded in 2007—is an American business magazine that features original articles about entrepreneurship, career development, technology, finance, health, and diversity issues as they relate to women in the business world, spotlighting success stories of business women of all races. It is the essential business magazine and community for women professionals and executives, with an initiative to support leadership and executive management development for all women of all cultures and backgrounds.
2. Enterprising Women
Enterprising Women provides a friendly meeting place, a public forum, and an international stage for the critical issues confronting women's businesses and daily lives—from the unique perspective and experiences of entrepreneurial women. Written by enterprising women for enterprising women, the magazine is "the voice of women entrepreneurs—women who dare to think big, make the leap, and follow their dreams."
ForbesWomen—simply put— is Forbes for women. It is geared toward female executives, entrepreneurs, and professionals and is dedicated solely to women's issues in the business world. The magazine features topics on business trends and culture, tech news, cultural and social issues, finance, and more.
4. HER Magazine
HER Magazine is a woman focused publication featuring tips & tricks, innovative ideas, inspirational stories, fashion, trends, and area events featuring people, places, and things you are familiar with. It is designed to inspire, encourage, and elevate women in business and beyond.
5. Professional Woman's Magazine
Professional Woman's Magazine is dedicated to promoting the advancement of multicultural, diverse women in all aspects of business and employment to ensure equal opportunity. It covers news and information ranging from professional concerns to civic affairs, trends, careers and business, and more.
6. Women Leadership Magazine USA
Women Leadership Magazine USA is designed to recognize, promote, and celebrate the accomplishments of women in leadership. Through timely, appropriate, and relevant articles and features, the magazine seeks to enhance the professional images and reflections of women who are—and who aspire to be—distinguished members of their respective professions.
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Although gender stereotypes persist, women and men are often seen as equally good business leaders. Today, women have more access to education and have been able to better position themselves for career success and leadership positions—but a little empowerment never hurts.
The magazines listed above will help you think about women in leadership roles and the unique perspectives they bring—ultimately inspiring you to become a better leader and manager. For more leadership ideas, download our leadership checklist below. Ready to connect? Reach out to me today to get started!