Research conducted by Grant Thornton reveals fewer than one quarter of senior roles are filled by women
Emily is editorial assistant for CorpComms Magazine
I hope you don't mind me saying this but you look tired. Tough week, was it?
Thank you for reminding me, but yes. I had board meeting after board meeting. I am quite relieved the weekend is here.
That sounds like a nightmare. But I didn't know you are on a board of directors, that's fantastic. You are quite an inspiration to many women, especially today.
Why, what's happening today?
It's International Women's Day, a day to celebrate the social, political and economic achievements of women and a chance to focus the world's attention on areas that need further action. Each year has a theme and this year's is all about inspiring change.
Well, I am sorry to bring a downer but according to research conducted by Grant Thornton, fewer than one quarter of senior roles are filled by women. Worryingly, this figure has remained the same from 2013, 2009 and 2007. And it is only five per cent higher than the figure recorded ten years ago.
Those figures are shocking.
It gets worse. Fewer than one in four companies run or are considering running a specific programme to promote women's leadership. And in an average year, just over 20 per cent of graduates at mid-market businesses are women.
That is really awful, but I think there might be light at the end of the tunnel - as I said, this year is all about inspiring change.
You are right. The report revealed that almost half (45 per cent) of global business leaders would like to see quotas for the number of women on the boards of large listed companies. This has increased by eight percentage points in a year.
That's promising. How are figures looking independently across the world?
They are looking good! Support has increased significantly in the EU from 33 per cent to 41 per cent. And in Brazilian, Russian, Indian and Chinese communities (BRIC), almost three quarters of business leaders would like to see quotas in place.
Well, hopefully this will give businesses a nudge in the right direction. Enjoy the day.