Nov 11, 2018

The year of the woman has yet to arrive at Goldman Sachs

Data: Goldman Sachs, Center for American Women and Politics, original research; Chart: Harry Stevens/Axios

The House of Representatives and the group of Goldman Sachs partners are more similar than you might think. Both are very difficult to get into; both are roughly the same size, in terms of number of individuals; and both are refreshed in the fall of even-numbered years.

By the numbers: This year, Goldman celebrated its 69 new partners with a press release extolling the fact that the percentage of women was the highest in Goldman's history. But the overall percentage of women among Goldman's partners barely budged, at 17%. (In the House, the percentage of women rose much more significantly, to 23%, which is still disappointingly low.)

  • And, in the House, women constituted 40% of the incoming class, far above Goldman's 26%.
  • Why it matters: Goldman knows it has a problem with under-representation of women. But the bank doesn't seem to be in any particular rush to fix that problem. Even its incoming entry-level analyst class isn't yet 50% female, and it won't reach that mark until 2021.

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Why 50+ women care about 2020

Data: AARP/Harris Poll; Chart: Axios Visuals

A new AARP survey by the Harris Poll examined what's driving women 50 and older ahead of next year's elections and found health care on top. The survey also found that older women’s concerns about Trump are eroding, but not upending, his support with Republicans and independents.

Why it matters: As the House of Representatives prepares to impeach the president, the priorities for this group of high-propensity voters are closer to home and different from what their male counterparts care most about.

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Women take the lead on donating to support female college sports

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Former female athletes are donating millions of dollars to build facilities, endow scholarships and support coaching positions at their alma maters, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: Participation in women’s college sports teams is at an all time high, outnumbering men's sports for more than 20 years. And yet, the marketing and sponsorships from benefactors for college female teams has caught on slower than men's sports.

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Female filmmakers' record-setting year

Writer-director Greta Gerwig (left) and Meryl Streep on set of "Little Women.” Photo: Wilson Webb/Sony Pictures via AP

Women directed 12 of 2019’s top 100-grossing films — the most ever recorded, AP reports.

Why it matters: The previous high in USC’s annual study was 8%, in 2008. In 2018, only 4.5% of the year’s top films were directed by women.

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