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Finally breaking the glass ceiling?

22 maart 2021
It's been more than a century since the first International Women’s DaySince then, women have made considerable steps towards greater equality. However, there is still a lot of work that has to be done

Although almost half of the workforce (46 percent) in the European Union are women, their share among managers is just 37 percent. The numbers get even more depressing if we look at the boardroom and the C-suite of European companies: Only 28 percent of the board members are women; and women hold only 18 percent of companies’ senior executive positions. In the Netherlands, we see both light and shadow: 34 percent of the bord members of Dutch companies are women, but only 15 percent of the senior executive positions in Dutch companies are hold by women (all numbers are from Eurostat, 2020). Given these numbers, it is safe to say that the glass ceiling is still a reality.

But why is there still a glass ceiling? And what can be done to finally break the ceiling? VU’s School of Business and Economics has taken International Women’s Day 2021 as an opportunity to discuss these and other questions related to women’s strive towards workplace equality in 21st century organisations. During the MBA talk "Finally breaking the glass ceiling? Women’s careers in 21st Century Organisations" Ingrid Reichmann (Partners at Work), Christina Rott (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) and Mirjam Ros (Airbus Defence and Space Netherlands) shared their insights and discussed how to finally break the glass ceiling. 

Watch the video of this webinar (at the bottom of the page)

Eurostat (2020): Only 1 manager out of 3 in the EU is a women.

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