Across a variety of industries, fewer than 1 in 5 leaders are women, according to research from the University of Denver's Colorado Women's College. In addition to other findings, the report notes that women CEOs make less than their male peers in the nonprofit world and that women account for only a small percentage of managing partners at law firms. "Some of the findings in this study suggest that in the highest levels of leadership, women oftentimes remain underrepresented and underpaid, regardless of performance," said Lynn Gangone, the college's dean.

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