Magazine article Personnel Journal

Asian Markets Provide Women Ample Opportunity

Magazine article Personnel Journal

Asian Markets Provide Women Ample Opportunity

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WHEN MANY PEOPLE THINK of Asian workplaces, they think of the male-dominated companies of Japan. But that's not the case in many Asian locales. In fact, in quite a number of countries, women find a climate even more friendly and accessible than in the United States.

"The business climate for Asian women is very favorable," says Emily Siu-Lan Spencer, partner with New York City-based Paul Ray Berndtson, a global executive search firm.

Spencer says that Asian women executives in general enjoy more opportunity for advancement than women in the United States. There are several reasons for this: One is a social factor. In Asia, an excellent live-in domestic helper to care for the children, cook, run errands and do housework costs only about $100 a week. In addition, the culture in Asia is one in which many older family members also care for children. With so

many child-care options, women are freed to turn their attention to their work.

The other big reason is the fact that a booming growth in the Asian-Pacific markets has, in most countries, prevented a glass ceiling from ever existing. Women who can do the job can go as high as they want in most countries, says Spencer. "Women can get into a senior position much faster than their counterparts in the United States. …

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