Gender equality in the working world
While much of the continual change in the modern world of business could be considered highly positive, little could be more important than increased gender equality in the workplace. Women have long fought to be recognised as capable leaders in a historically male dominated world and despite struggling for over a century, many are still prevented from achieving success due to archaic gender stereotypes. Although true equality is yet to materialise, attitudes are changing and businesses are moving in the right direction.
The discussion around women in leadership recently took centre stage, particularly in the UK, when revealed that more woman now preside at FTSE 350 boards than ever before. Even more encouraging, was the report that there are no longer any all-male boards in FTSE 100 companies within the UK, as of 2015.
On the international front, Malala Yousafzai and Emma Watson’s nominations in Time’s 100 Most Influential People and Angela Merkel’s crowing as Person of the Year, clearly demonstrate the successes that female leaders can contribute to businesses, governments and indeed society as a whole. But is enough being done to support women looking to advance into leadership?