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Saturday, May 25, 2013

He says, she says: gender gap persists in attitudes toward women's advancement in the workplace

OTTAWA, May 15, 2013 /CNW/ - Attitudes about advancing women into senior management roles are still polarized along gender lines. Men in senior executive positions appear to be the least concerned about increasing the number of women in the top ranks of organizations.

Yet the stagnating advancement of women to senior positions in recent decades may be due to more than the attitudes of men. A new Conference Board of Canada report finds that a gap in opportunities between women and men emerges early in their respective careers - at the first level of management. Compared to men, women are less likely to feel they can obtain line management responsibilities, creating an experience gap at the earliest stages of their management careers.

Further, both women and men were of the view that leadership development and human resource management programs were not serving their intended purposes - identifying and developing the next generation of leadership candidates.