When it comes to women leaders in government, the Americas has made strides in the past 15 years. The average portion of women in parliament grew from 15.1 percent in 2000 to 25.7 percent in 2014. But progress remains slow. In 1990, the UN set 1995 as the goal year for women to achieve 30 percent of decision-making positions—a benchmark that UN said should have hit 50 percent by 2000. At the same time, progress lacks when it comes to leadership in the private sector. Women occupy only 1.8 percent of executive boards seats in Latin America, despite studies showing that having women on boards boosts company performance and decreases banckrupcy risks.
In light of International Women's Day on March 8, AS/COA Online looks at women in Latin American leadership roles, as well as why women's leadership is important for businesses and national economies.