Glass Ceilings & Barriers

More women in finance, a more sustainable economy

As has been pointed out with increasing frequency, a certain group think has been widely blamed for the economic crisis we find ourselves in today. Studies indicate that women are more comprehensive thinkers and less attracted to excessive risk than are their male peers.
 

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http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/Opinion/2009/0624/p09s02-coop.html

Shattering the Ceilings, for Good

The barriers that continue to prevent women from reaching senior leadership in critical mass in the financial services industry and more generally–negative gender stereotyping, lack of women in line positions, a narrow pipeline, lack of mentoring and promoting opportunities, work/life balance challenges, limited access to powerful professional networks– are the same ones faced over a decade ago.
 

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jacki-zehner/shattering-the-ceilings-f_b_219285.html

She’-e-os: Gender Effects and Investor Reactions to the Announcements of Top Executive Appointments

This study explores the relationship between announcements of CEO appointments and investor reactions, and particularly the influence of CEO gender on that relationship. The most striking finding are that the stock in a company drops after the announcement of a female CEO, and that journalists reference gender more when writing about women executives than they writing about men.
 

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http://erikahayesjames.com/2009/04/she%E2%80%99-e-os-gender-effects-and-investor-reactions-to-the-announcements-of-top-executive-appointments/

Half the Talent: Unrealistic Expectations Prevent Women in the Netherlands from Reaching the Top

Top Managers in the Netherlands believe that the only way to reach the top for a woman is to act like a man without showing it. Senior managers currently are reluctant to recruit new women top managers.
 

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http://www.20-first.com/806-0-unrealistic-expectations-prevent-women-in-the-nertherlands-from-reaching-the-top.html

2008 Catalyst Census of Women Board Directors of the Fortune 500

Overall Representation of Women Corporate Officers and Top Earners Continues to Stagnate

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http://www.catalyst.org/file/241/08_census_cote_jan.pdf

Perceived Barriers: Gender Equity in College Coaching and Administration

The third study conducted by the NCAA to measure career aspirations and perceptions of careers in intercollegiate athletics among females. It also seeks to provide NCAA policymakers, conference offices and member institutions with detailed information on the perceptions and concerns of female student-athletes, coaches, administrators and officials regarding careers for females in intercollegiate athletics.
 

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http://www.ncaapublications.com/Uploads/PDF/Barriers22461795-87bd-44ff-b94a-0dd11b9ee83c.pdf

Centered Leadership: How Talented Women Thrive

A new approach to leadership can help women become more self-confident and effective business leaders. Women start careers in business and other professions with the same level of intelligence, education and commitment as men. Yet comparatively few reach the top echelons. With this in mind, the McKinsey Leadership Project, an initiative to help professional women at McKinsey and elsewhere, set our four years ago to learn what drives and sustains successful female leaders

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http://www.forbes.com/2008/10/03/talent-women-leadership-lead-cx_1003mckinsey_print.html

Examining the Cracks in the Ceiling: A Survey of Corporate Diversity Practices in the Calvert Social Index

Calvert’s recent Diversity Survey, Examining Cracks in the Ceiling, demonstrates that even the best companies have much to accomplish in developing a comprehensive diversity strategy.
 

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http://www.calvert.com/nrc/literature/documents/CorporateDiversity2008.pdf

The Power of Women: Women's Impact on Corporate Performance

In the past few decades, women have made great strides in their involvement in economic activity, moving ever closer to what one might call “gender equality.” Women’s college participation and graduation rates exceed those of men, and more and more women are pursuing “traditionally male” college majors, particularly in professional fields such as law and medicine. However, discrepancies persist in the field of business administration, and this state of affairs is mirrored in the workforce: the proportion of women in managerial occupations is only about 35%.
 

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http://www.20-first.com/683-0-womens-impact-on-corporate-performance.html

2007 Michigan Women’s Leadership Index

The Michigan Women’s Leadership Index (WLI) is a data-based instrument used to measure the presence of women executives in the highest leadership positions of the top 100 publicly-held companies headquartered in Michigan (Index 100). Research shows that women directors’ and women executives’ presence and advancement are independent of one another, and that there is more hope for increasing the number of women executives than increasing the number of women board members.
 

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