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Women Wedged in Mannish Career Doorways

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Women Wedged in Mannish Career Doorways

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AGAIN, following the theme of our previous issue it is interesting to note that women looking for a way into higher management are finding themselves wedged into male-shaped doorways, according to a survey of UK managers.

Interim findings from a survey by HRG and the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) suggest that when asked what was the greatest hurdle to women's career development the vast majority cited stereotyping of skills. Over half of all respondents (52 per cent), four-fifths of which were women, cited "stereotyping of women's roles and skills" as the major hurdle to their career advancement, pushing a "lack of support for family commitments" into second (22 percent).

A "lack of role models or mentors" (20 per cent) came close to family commitments, while a "lack of business or management skills" was only seen as a hurdle to six per cent of the 150 survey respondents.

Dee Waite, director of personal development at the ILM, believes the findings reflect some of the problems women have in the workplace in getting their ideas heard.

"Occupations such as HR are seen as the perfect role for women because of their people content, " she said. …

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