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Accenture Commits To Boosting Its Workforce To 50% Women By 2025



Ellyn Shook, Accenture's chief leadership and human resources officer, at an event in 2016. She's confident that her firm can create a 50% female workforce by 2025.

Ellyn Shook, Accenture's chief leadership, and human resources officer, at an event in 2016.  - Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images

Accenture has taken a bold step for diversity: Today it announced a commitment to reaching a gender-balanced workforce by 2025. It appears to be the first major professional services firm to publicly set a 50/50 gender-balance objective.

Given the pace of change at Accenture over the past five years and that its current workforce is just below 40% women, reaching gender balance by 2025 seems like a tall order. For example, from 2015 to 2016, it only nudged its balance of women upwards by one percentage point.


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