The C200 [Women’s] Business Leadership Index 2003
Year 2 of this study from the Committee of 200 – the most powerful women’s organization you’ve never heard of.
Shows we’re making positive progress on almost every indicator with one sweeping exception -everything except access to venture capital. One thing I noted when I was the CEO of a start up seeking funding. VCs tend to fund people who “look like” and “profile life” themselves. Since the majority of VCs are men, it should be no surprise that we lag here. What is disappointing is how far behind we are. The survey methodology ranked women on 10 indicators with a 10 meaning that on both qualitative and quantitative indicators we were at parity with our male counterparts. The average score was 3.95 in 2002 and increased to 4.28 in 2003. This represents an increase of 8.4% year-over-year. However, on access to venture capital we scored only a .82, down from 1.10 in 2002, a reduction of 25%
The study is available here:
C200 Leadership Index