Hogan Lovells

Hogan Lovells

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Mind the (Gender) Gap

On the heels of an inspiring international discussion aimed at supporting and promoting the roles of women in business comes an unpleasant reminder that the fight for gender parity in the workplace is far from over.

According to a recent report from Catalyst, “When women did all the things they have been told will help them get ahead — using the same tactics as men — they still advanced less than their male counterparts and had slower pay growth.”

Little PINK Book on Wednesday released the article "What Sets You Free?,” describing some of the obstacles that block women’s paths to career advancement.

Hogan Lovells’ Claudette Christian tells reporter Caroline Cox that one barrier holding women back is the fact that, because men have been in positions of power for generations, “[t]hey have more role models, and the path to success is more defined and [easier] to emulate.”

On the flip side, says the co-chair of global legal practice, “more women voluntarily leave their careers as they near the senior executive level” for varying reasons.

And so the question remains: How do women successfully navigate the corporate leadership maze?

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