30 April 2012
Several factors 'prevent females from reaching boardroom'
A combination of a lack of role models and the long working hours culture is preventing more women from reaching boardroom positions in the UK.
That is the opinion of Dr Suzanne Doyle-Morris, director of online resource Female Bread Winners, who feels that such factors count against females when they are attempting to get into the upper echelons of their company.
Dr Doyle-Morris noted that the majority of senior officials - who tend to be white males - are "very unlikely" to take a woman under their wing as humans tend to "mentor on our own likeness".
"By definition, other white men tend to be favoured … and given opportunities," she added.
The expert went on to say that females are often unfairly perceived as not as committed as their male colleagues as although they do work just as hard, they often cannot stay in the office late due to child pick-ups.
"The male model of being very visible and working long hours doesn't tend to sit with the way women want to work," she added.
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Posted by Trusha Vyas