Thursday, November 11, 2004

Women quit leadership

Why are there more men than women in positions of leadership? Is it really because men have organised themselves into a privileged social grouping and used oppressive discrimination to deprive women of their rights?

This small item from Norway suggests not. It seems that Norwegian women are being promoted at the same rate as men, but resign from leadership positions in far greater numbers. In fact, a survey showed that within a three year period more than 1 in 4 women in leadership positions had resigned.

As one Norwegian professor commented, this means that the reason for fewer women being in leading jobs is "not that women are not offered these positions, but that they do not remain."

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