A new CCMF Member Resource is now available on the cacitymanagers.org website that explores the “#13Percent” movement and how to support the upward mobility of women in local government leadership roles. The name of the #13Percent movement stems from a 2013 survey performed by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Task Force on Women in the Profession that found only 13 percent of Chief Administrative Officer roles are filled by women–the same percentage as over 30 years ago.
“All managers should be aware that their approach to workplace diversity is a key to achieving a healthy organization. Gender diversity is greatly affected by the attitude of the CEO,” says Marcia Raines, City Manager of Millbrae and CCMF Board of Trustees member. “As a manager, you can make a huge difference in future of your organization by acknowledging this issue and working with all the units of your organizations to improve. Treat this issue as if it applied to your wives, your daughters, your aunts, your nieces–because it does.”
Due to the importance and widespread nature of this topic, CCMF has made this Member Resource available to anyone for download. The Member Resource contains a look at the #13Percent movement, multiple suggestions on efforts we can make to support the present and future generations of female city managers, and an appendix of firsthand advice from female city managers. We hope you will share it with your networks and your cities in an effort to help spread awareness of the reasons behind the #13Percent movement and what you can do.