The old saying goes: “Behind every great man is a great woman.”
Well, what about every great woman? Is there a man supporting her success — practically and emotionally? Could men’s support of women be key for greater and faster progress for increasing gender equality? I think the answer is yes.
From the 1970s to the early 2000s, there was fairly consistent progress in the advancement of women’s rights. The gender wage gap decreased. The percentage of women in management and political leadership increased. There was greater diversity in many occupations, from medicine to engineering.
However, this progress has stalled. Despite the fact that women comprise roughly half the country’s population and earn almost half of all advanced professional degrees, we lag in positions of leadership and real economic power.
At the current rate of change, the Center for American Progress estimates women won’t reach parity with men in political and economic domains in the United States until the year 2085. My own children will be more than 90 years old.