Executive offices and meeting rooms have evolved over the course of recent decades. Legal pads, ashtrays and cufflinks have been replaced with tablets, espresso cups and Fitbits.

But perhaps the most notable change is the unprecedented number of women taking seats at those offices and meeting rooms, alongside male colleagues.

While this is a big step in gender equality for working women, it certainly won’t be the last. There’s more progress to be made when it comes to connecting women with jobs that, historically, have been held by men. But the movement to include women in nontraditional gender roles is amplifying and the conversation surrounding it is growing louder. 

In 2014, a new mom was following this conversation from a numerical point of view. Using data to solve problems was a big part of her high-level management position at The Motley Fool, a financial services company headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia. When looking at research about women in the workplace, Ursula Mead noticed a weakness in the data. It was mostly subjective, asking broad questions about women and their work experiences. 

Mead wondered what kind of data would actually make progress on gender inequality and decided to build something that might succeed in doing so. Out of that curiosity, InHerSight was born. The online platform brings companies and women together with definitive, quantitative data. 

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