Magazine article Training & Development

U.S. Corporations

Magazine article Training & Development

U.S. Corporations

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Important structural issues and differential approaches to career choices by men and women at mid-career levels have contributed to the continuing low number of women in senior leadership positions in U.S. corporations. A new report from WFD, formerly known as Work Family Directions, identifies key factors that prevent women from moving more quickly into leadership positions.

"Companies' efforts toward women's career advancement have typically focused on two ends of the career spectrum: achieving parity of women entering the pipeline and combating the dearth of women at the top," says Fran Rogers, CEO of WFD. "That results most often in a remedial approach--changing numbers without addressing root causes. A systemic approach focuses on what happens in between--when in their careers women make other choices, why they make those choices, and what systems or practices influence those choices."

WFD's research found that even if both members of a couple hold professional jobs, the woman is often designated as the family manager, spending nearly twice as many hours as the man on household and child-care activities. …

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