100 years un­til women at par­ity in top jobs: study

The China Post - - WORLD BUSINESS -

Gen­der equal­ity in cor­po­rate Amer­ica is hap­pen­ing so slowly that it could take more than a cen­tury for women to have the same num­ber of top ex­ec­u­tive jobs as men, ac­cord­ing to a new study.

The or­ga­ni­za­tions be­hind the study, non­profit LeanIn.org and man­age­ment con­sult­ing firm McKin­sey & Com­pany, said women still face more bar­ri­ers to ad­vance up the cor­po­rate lad­der. The women sur­veyed were three more times likely than men to say that they missed out on an as­sign­ment, pro­mo­tion or raise be­cause of their gen­der. The study col­lected re­search from 118 com­pa­nies and sur­veyed nearly 30,000 em­ploy­ees.

Here’s a look at some of the re­sults from the re­port re­leased Wed­nes­day:

In­equal­ity at Home

Women said they are do­ing more chores at home and tak­ing care of chil­dren more than their part­ner or spouse is. In house­holds where both part­ners work full time, 41 per­cent of women said they do more child care than their part­ners and 30 per­cent re­port do­ing more chores.

Net­works Are Not Di­verse

One rea­son why women may be held back, ac­cord­ing to the study, is that they are mostly net­work­ing with other women. Since men are more likely to hold top jobs, women are not net­work­ing with men who may be able to help them ad­vance to big­ger roles. The men sur­veyed said their pro­fes­sional net­works were mostly made up of other men.

Un­happy at the Top

Women in se­nior- level jobs were less sat­is­fied with their ca­reers than men. About 28 per­cent of se­nior-level women said they were very happy with their ca­reers, com­pared with 40 per­cent of men.

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