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The Battle for Female Talent in Brazil

Cover Art Women enter the white-collar workforce in the UK in far greater numbers than men: 57 females for every 43 males. Yet as employees in large corporations move from entry-level to middle management, and from mid- to senior-level positions, men advance disproportionately. Women comprise almost a quarter (24 percent) of the “marzipan layer,” that talent-rich level right below the icing on the corporate cake. And there they stall out. For all their qualifications, women represent only 4 percent of CEOs and 6.6 percent of executive directors of the FTSE 100. In addition, women currently hold only 22 percent of seats in Parliament, putting the UK 54th among 189 countries with national parliaments. Why? Our research reveals a surprisingly simple answer: To break through to the top, well-qualified women need sponsors, powerful leaders who are willing to advocate for their next key role or promotion and propel and protect them through the perilous straits of upper management. Furthermore, in order to attract, win and retain such career-boosting backers, women must do their part to ensure the alliance remains mutually beneficial. (12/1/2011, Report - 61 pages)




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