Does the glass ceiling still exist? ... Today's Debate

by Gaby Huddart on Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Boardwatch reported this week that no women have been appointed to a full-time, executive role in a FTSE 100 company in the last year. Yes, not a single woman promoted to a boardroom position for over 12 months! And in the past two years, of 87 executive appointments, only four were women - all more than 12 months ago.

Shocking statistics indeed and we were dumbfounded at w&h that, while women now account for 50% of the workforce and many women are now the chief income earners in their households, there still seems to be a long way to go before we get complete workplace equality - at least at the very top level.

We've moved well beyond the days when women were seen as mothers and homemakers first and there are now no professions barred to us, so what exactly is causing this worrying barrier in boardrooms, we wonder?

Could it be that most key appointments are still being made by men and their preference is still to hire in their own likeness?

Surely in the 21st century it's time to shatter the glass ceiling once and for all.
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