Accenture released results of an interesting study on
International Women's Day. This study revealed that a
majority felt there was a glass ceiling or an invisible
barrier that held women executives back from moving
ahead in their careers.
This survey, with a sample
size of 1200 executives across eight countries, threw up
significant number that believed in this invisible
barrier – 70% of women and 57% of men.
In striking variations among the countries, American
women were as satisfied with what they had achieved as
were the men. In terms of salaries, 67% of men and 60%
of women were happy with the salaries they took home.
Some experts believe that the existence of this glass
ceiling did not affect job satisfaction as women
preferred to sacrifice more to gain greater overall
Another interesting nugget – more and more women were
opting to own their own businesses. According to the
Center for Women's Business Research, women-owned firms
increased in numbers by 17% in the period 1997 – 2004.
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