Catalyst, the nonprofit research organization that works to expand opportunities for women and business, has released a new study on gender stereotyping at work and the "double-bind dilemmas" for women. (Full study, PDF)

The findings "strongly suggest that gender stereotypes lead
organizations to routinely underestimate and underutilize women’s
leadership talent. The 2006 Catalyst Census shows that, even though
women make up over 50% of the management, professional, and related
occupations, only 15.6% of Fortune 500 corporate officers and 14.6% of
Fortune 500 board directors are women."

"When companies fail to acknowledge and address the impact of gender
stereotypic bias, they lose out on top female talent," said Catalyst
President Ilene H. Lang. "Ultimately, it’s not women’s leadership
styles that need to change. Only when organizations take action to
address the impact of gender stereotyping will they be able to
capitalize on the ‘full deck’ of talent."

Here’s more on the report from CNNMoney.com. Grace Wong writes:

A number of large firms – accounting firm Deloitte & Touche is
one well-known example – have aggressively embarked on not only
attracting women but also retaining them and encouraging them to pursue
senior leadership positions within the company, said Anne Donnellon,
associate professor of management at Babson College in Wellesley, Mass.

"The
problem [of gender stereotyping] remains acute, although there has been
progress. I do feel the glass is breaking, and plenty of women are
getting through the holes," said Donnellon, who studies women and
business.

The numbers of female CEOs, however, remain frustratingly low.

There are 13 women leading Fortune 500 companies, up from 10 in 2006, but still less than 3 percent. Ten Fortune Global 500 companies are run by women. Last year there were only seven.

Christine

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