Boardroom Women: Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling



‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ It’s probably one of the most hated questions for children the world over and is frequently asked at intervals in their early lives by doting relatives, school teachers or friends. While in general the boys, according to culture, continue to come up with ideas like rocket scientist, pilot or racing driver, some of the girls in turn might suggest a teacher, air hostess or nurse; typically the traditional ‘female’ caring professions. But how many of us at an early age would have harboured any ambition to become a company director or head up the board of management at a global multinational company?


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  1. Research by Cranfield University School of Management — The Female FTSE Report 2003 by Dr Val Singh and Professor Susan Vinnicombe.Google Scholar
  2. Speech by Niall FitzGerald KBE of Unilever supplied by Unilever. Speech made at the conference Women in Leadership; A European Business Imperative in Geneva June 2003.Google Scholar

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