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Aug 31, 2003

Cracks in the ceiling

Can women break through from investor relations to other areas of business?

Women make up a formidable presence in the ranks of IR. Since the inception of the formal role, they have had no problem rising to hold high-profile, well-regarded and accountable positions. The same cannot be said for other areas of business. At US Fortune 500 companies, there are only seven women CEOs. In the UK, just twelve of the FTSE 100 companies have a woman director. Depressing stuff. This despite 30 years of women pouring into the workforce, full of high hopes for gender equality.

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