ESG has grown and so have women in leadership roles. The Gender Diversity Index (GDI), a survey developed and promoted by Kantar – a global leader in market research, shows us relevant numbers on the issue of gender and female leadership in the labor market.

According to published figures, between 2012 and 2020, the number of women in leadership positions doubled, going from 10% to 20%. Of course, it is still a low percentage of occupation by the female gender, but given a survey that brings us data from 18 countries and whose main objective is to recognize companies that contribute to the reduction of gender inequality and that encourage participation women in corporate spaces, we can already see the evolution of the market.

Women study more!

And this is not a biased sentence from the eumostro, it’s the data that shows us:

  • According to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) points out that 23.5% of women over 25 have higher education, while the percentage of men with the same degree is 20.7%.
  • Data at the national level show that the number of PhD graduates each year grew 61% from 2013 to 2019, according to information compiled by the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (Capes). In addition, the data show that women are the majority compared to men. In 2019 alone, which was the last year with a complete survey, 13,419 women received degrees in Brazil, while the number of male doctors was 11,013.
  • Data compiled by the Quero Bolsa platform show that, although most careers pay lower salaries to women, they account for 57% of all students in higher education. They are also the majority in scientific initiation, representing 59.71% of the total number of researchers. In graduate school, 54% of all students are women.

Stories of women in leadership roles who tell their stories at the eumostro

Amanda Hoch – CEO, Tilápia Leather
The tradition in the art of tanning leather has been in his family since 1929 and even though it is a predominantly male market. Amanda, with her extensive résumé of Zootechnist, scientific researcher and entrepreneur, has been in charge of the Tilápia Leather tannery since 2009. At Tilápia Leather, tilapia leather, instead of being discarded after separating the fish fillet for human consumption, is used , offering the fashion market a material of excellent aesthetics and quality.

“My daily struggle is not to give up what burns in my heart. Being an entrepreneur in Brazil is challenging, you beat yourself every day.”

Amanda Hock, Tilápia Leather

Edite Zomer Righetto – CEO, Grupo Righsson
Founded in 1989 in the city of Orleans, Santa Catarina, the group’s history began when Edite, in the midst of the biggest teacher strike in the state of Santa Catarina, decided that she and her husband, also a teacher, could no longer wait for any position from the state on a future for them.

With a borrowed sewing machine, in the basement of her mother’s house and without any experience in the field, she bought some scraps of fabric on installments, produced and her husband went door to door in stores so that merchants could sell their items. All of this happened while she was still alternating between producing the pieces, taking care of two small children and teaching classes (she stopped teaching in 1993).

Currently, the Righsson Group continues to be headed by her. The workforce has nearly one hundred professionals, with approximately 95% of this staff being made up of women.

Five ways to change politics and culture so more women can claim leadership roles in the world of work

(This same title and the items below are to the full credit of the ONU Mulheres Brasil website, but we think they are extremely important and we are scoring them here on our blog as well)..

  1. Demand equal pay for work of equal value;
  2. Request parental leave policies that support mothers and fathers;
  3. Demand zero tolerance policies for sexual harassment and violence in the workplace;
  4. Equally divide the housework and care at home;
  5. Demand equal representation from women in boardrooms.


This text was written by a woman, our Head of Marketing, Camila Karpinski. Eumostro hopes that more and more women are in leadership positions, with autonomy, respect and that these values are passed on on a “large scale”.