THE CONVERSATION STARTS HERE. Fact: Women continue to be underrepresented in the workforce at all career levels. According to a new report from Mercer, women make up only 35 percent of the average company's workforce at the professional level and above. As career level rises, female representation declines. Globally, women make up 33 percent of managers, 26 percent of senior managers, and only 20 percent of executives, the report finds.