Why are there so few women at the top?

Read the CIPD's submission to the Women and Equalities Select Committee

On 24 February 2016, the Women and Equalities Select Committee opened its investigation into what can be done to improve gender diversity in executive positions in the UK companies. It invited submissions addressing the following points:

  • What definition should be used by both business and Government to monitor female participation in the executive layer?
  • What is the current situation of women in senior roles / executive positions?
  • What are the barriers to women achieving senior positions?
  • What measures can companies take to increase the number of women in executive positions?
  • What should the Government be doing to improve the situation?
  • Should quotas be introduced?

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