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By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 01-10-2012

Female Executives and the Paradox of Power

Less than 3% of Fortune 500 CEOs are women.

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Just over 5% of corporate "clout" positions - exec VPs or higher - are held by females.

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Only 1 out of 18 women earn six-figure salaries, compared to 1 in 7 for men.

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41% of survey participants say they lack the power to perform effectively in their current positions.

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67% of women surveyed say they need more power than they have to succeed in their careers.

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60% of survey respondents say they have only a 50/50 chance of achieving the power they need for career success.

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Over 60% of female execs prefer passive approaches to gaining power rather than active pursuit.

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34% of women say they're less powerful than their male peers.

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43% of female professionals say that if they had more power, they'd create a better work environment.

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Ways to Achieve Power: Proving yourself via accomplishments (as cited by 15.2% of survey respondents) Observing powerful people (13.5%) Gaining access to powerful people (9.2%)