Many women believe their gender could potentially hold them back in the workplace or that it is doing so already, a new study has revealed.
According to research by career coaching specialist Talking Talent, eight out of ten female employees are confident they have the support of their boss.
However, more than four in ten women said they either feel their gender has slowed down their career progression or that this could happen in the future.
Meanwhile, over one in three females said they have been on the receiving end of gender-related prejudice in the workplace.
In addition, more than one-tenth said they believe they have been overlooked for promotion because they are women.
This was found to be a particularly big problem in the advertising, media and marketing industry, with 51% of women in this sector saying they have been subjected to prejudice and discrimination at work.
Females in the manufacturing and engineering sectors also expressed grievances, with many saying their career progression has been affected by their gender because they work in a largely male-dominated industry.
Chris Parke, chief executive of Talking Talent, has therefore called on employers to do more to ensure women are properly accepted and supported in the workplace.
"The level of prejudice and discrimination towards women and working mothers and the fact such a large proportion have been passed over for promotion due to their gender is shocking," he commented.
Mr Parke also urged employers to foster an environment in which female employees feel comfortable raising any concerns about issues that may be holding back their career progression.
While he acknowledged that some sectors are "doing better than others" when it comes to creating a female-friendly workplace, he said those that are failing to address this issue could end up missing out on lots of "top talent".
Mr Parke warned that this is something companies can "ill-afford" to do in today's highly competitive economy.