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“Yet, business remains largely a world created by males for males. Women represent only 10% of board members of the largest companies listed on the stock exchange, a figure which falls to 3% for women at the very highest decision-making level in these companies…”
“…In recent years girls’ educational attainments have tended to outperform boys’, and more and more young women are graduating in technical and scientific subjects. Studies on leadership behaviour found that, despite some differences in leadership styles and practices between male and female managers, gender differences do not have an impact on overall leadership efficiency capacities.
Tapping the underutilised pool of skilled women (and older people) can thus play a major
role in the “war for talent”. Hiring women as managers or in non-traditional positions allows companies to use the knowledge, experience and creativity of all the population, rather than just half of it.…”
“…Skills have no gender. Industrial sectors which have been traditionally dominated by women, such as the textile industry, health and others have seen impressive advances in the technological content of the work. Women have widely proved that they can acquire the necessary skills when the technical content of their jobs increases. However “the introduction of new technologies in training and at the work place has taken place without any codification in the professional status of such careers and without any change in the status of those employed”.
Women constitute the majority of university graduates in Europe (59%), and their presence in non-traditional subject areas is gradually increasing. Overall, statistical trends in educational attainments reveal a narrowing of the education gap between women and men: (…) a significant under-representation of men will arise in the group of higher-educated people in the future. More and more companies are considering the entry of women into a “male” universe as a positive factor of change and evolution…”