Special Report: Why aren’t more women in real estate leadership?

Survey shows that qualified professionals are waiting in the wings for promotion opportunities
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  • The majority of respondents to this survey were women (70 percent).
  • Among female respondents, 40 percent said they would like to be top executives someday.
  • Seventy percent of female respondents felt women had the same opportunities in their organization as men.
  • However, 25 percent of female participants think they have fewer opportunities, compared to less than 3 percent of men who agreed women are at a disadvantage.
  • Nearly 40 percent of women felt that their gender had led to them missing out on a promotion, compared to 10 percent of men who reported the same.
  • A number of female respondents reported being passed over for a promotion in favor of someone less qualified.
  • Survey participants criticized gender imbalances at specific franchises, which responded to Inman with their approach to promotions and diversity.

The title of Inman’s most recent Special Report survey “Does real estate have a gender problem?” stirred enough emotion on its own to ignite skepticism and division. Some respondents, in comments on the site and within the survey, expressed that bringing up the topic serves to create bad feelings in the industry and embellishes a story about bias that no longer exists. In addition, speculation of an agenda or being “politically correct” in the questions to make a point came through. Others -- mostly women (but men, too) -- saw a need for a continued conversation in an industry where the bulk of real estate agents are women and the majority of top executives are men. "Why are we the last industry to talk about this subject?” asked one established Washington agent. Added a senior agent from Georgia: "No one wants to talk about it. I think when it's brought up, everyone thinks someone is about to get sued." Download the report with full findings here The perhaps ...