AICPA Women in the Profession

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In 1989, the AICPA created the Upward Mobility of Women Task Force. Over the years, that task force evolved into what is now the Women’s Initiatives Executive Committee (WIEC), the AICPA’s driving force for women’s progress in the profession.

The WIEC is committed to promoting within the accounting profession an environment that provides opportunities for:
• Equal engagement of women and men in leadership of the accounting profession
• The advancement of women to positions of leadership
• The successful integration of personal and professional lives

The WIEC’s goal is to contribute to the progress of women within the accounting profession by educating, advancing and advocating. To accomplish this, we provide workshops, summit, webinars, articles, a speakers bureau, women’s network & research to educate and support both individual women and organizations.

This subgroup is designed to serve as a platform to raise awareness of both men and women regarding the gap in the progress of women in the accounting profession: For the past 25 years, women have represented 50% (1) or more of new CPAs in the accounting profession. Yet today women only account for 9% of all CFOs (2) and 23% (3) of partners in CPA firms nationwide.

This subgroup is also intended to offer networking opportunities, on-going interaction with visible role models, and advice for building additional skills in important areas such as business development, networking, and career management.

Finally, we hope that this subgroup will help influence the culture of firms and organizations to support the advancement of women and provide credible statistics and resources regarding issues that impact women in the profession.

(1) AICPA Work/Life and Women’s Initiatives 2004 Research
(2) Catalyst, unpublished data, 2008
(3) The PCPS Top talent survey: Gaining a Strategic Advantage in Recruiting and Retention , 2006