Women now graduate from college in greater numbers than men and enter the work force at similar rates. Yet at every career stage, men are more likely to advance than women.
In April, The Wall Street Journal convened a group of leaders to examine the causes of this disparity and identify key steps businesses can take to retain and develop female talent.
The Journal’s Rebecca Blumenstein sat down with three members of the task force for the conference—actor Geena Davis, founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media; Debra Lee, chairman and chief executive of Viacom Inc.‘s BET Networks; and Dominic Barton, global managing director of McKinsey & Co., the research partner—to further discuss the issue of women and economic competitiveness. Here are edited excerpts of their conversation: