Survey: Women Report Facing ‘Glass Ceiling’ in Real Estate

February 7, 2019

Even in industries like real estate—where the number of females outnumber males—females say they still face a glass ceiling when it comes to entering executive levels, according to a new survey from Coldwell Banker. Harris Poll, on behalf of Coldwell Banker, surveyed more than 2,000 U.S. employees to compare leadership ambitions of men versus women among industries.

Report highlights glass ceiling for women in real estate

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Women account for 63 percent of all REALTORS®, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. However, more men lead real estate companies as a broker-owner (52 percent) or a selling manager (57 percent).

The survey found that more than one-third of Americans (34 percent) working in female-dominated industries agree there is a “glass ceiling” in their industry. That perceived ceiling could make it more difficult for women to reach executive or senior level positions.

Nearly two-thirds of U.S. employees surveyed agree that working for a company that has female representation at the executive level is important to them. However, 41 percent agree that at their company, women have to work harder than men to earn an executive level position, the survey showed.

Men may consider higher positions more than women. Men working in female-dominated industries—like real estate—are 32 percent more likely than women working in the same industry to say they have ambitions of one day holding executive-level positions in their career (53 percent versus 36 percent), the survey showed.

“Open dialogue about women as leaders in the workplace, mentorship and training, combined with opportunities to grow and lead, are critical to empowering women in real estate and other female-dominated industries,” according to the Coldwell Banker report.

Read the full report here.