In ways good and bad, 2018 was a big year for women. A record-breaking number of women ran for office—and won. Trailblazing women around the world became “the first.” Countries and companies took important steps to support women and families. At the same time, there’s no question that we’re still a long way from equality.
To get a better sense of what 2018 represented for women’s progress, we took a closer look at one realm in particular: work. What happens in the workplace tells us a lot about whether women are gaining power and opportunity—or whether we’re frozen in place or falling behind.