Women still striving for equal representation in senior roles

According to a recent report, only one in four women hold a senior role, globally.

By Harry Graham and Alex Armitstead.

You don’t have to look too far down the pecking order of British society before you find the first woman in a senior role. Our very own Prime Minister, Theresa May, and of course, the Queen, are examples of how civilisation has changed its views on where women sit in the public hierarchy.

However, Grant Thornton, a world leading professional service network, published a report that only 25% of women on the planet hold a leadership role.

Leeds Beckett University runs a programme ‘Women in Leadership’ which aims to improve young women’s prospects of engaging in future senior roles.

Beckie Tee, a student at Leeds Beckett, believes this is a good idea.

“It helps us to gain an understanding of what is required to take on a senior role, allowing young women to aspire to be something more.”

Although women are being represented better at a professional level, Stephanie Jimenez, Store Manager at Costa, Merrion Way, believes there is still work to be done.


Stephanie Jimenez, one of two female managers, works at Costa, Merrion Way

Stephanie Jimenez, one of two female managers, works at Costa, Merrion Way

“First of all, I feel that women need to accept that the work they have been doing is right. But only when people see everyone as equal will this problem fully disappear.” Stephanie said.

She went on to say, “there used to be a lot of men in this role here (at Costa) too, but women are now getting to be equal with them, so I am really proud of what we are achieving.”

Although the percentage of women in leadership roles has slightly increased to 25% globally, a survey high since it began, the amount of businesses without women in senior roles has risen too.

Now at 34%, it is clear that there is still a long way to go before businesses everywhere have a women in senior roles.


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This article was produced by a student or students on the BA in Journalism at Leeds Beckett University.

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