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You have likely seen this or a similar triangle.  It depicts the percentage of women in the automotive industry at entry level (the foundation of the triangle) up through executive ranks. Now, the “triangle” imagery isn’t perfect, it’s obviously a lagging indicator; nonetheless it tells a story.

The story goes like this:  Statistically speaking, over a woman’s career she will not advance as far as her male counterparts.

The reasons are many; pressure as a caregiver resulting in less career focus; demands for advancement that do not fit many women’s need for flexibility; lack of representation; unconscious bias; lack of mentors, lack of advocates, lack of opportunity, lack of women in the disciplines that have a leadership path – the list is long.

What we do know is that companies can and should address the factors that lie within their control.  If your organization is not having conversations around the factors that limit women’s career advancement within your walls, now is a great time to start the dialogue. How many can you think of in your company?  Which are within your control?  Here are some resources to get you started:



McKinsey & Company:  Women in the Workplace 2022

Catalyst  Quick Take: Women on Corporate Boards

Catalyst  Break the Cycle – Eliminating Gender Bias in Talent Management Systems

Catalyst  The Double-Bind Dilemma for Women in Leadership

Catalyst  Women CEOs

Catalyst Women in Leadership at S&P/TSX Companies

The Committee for Economic Development of The Conference Board  Filling the Pipeline Advancing More Women Into the C-Suite and On Corporate Boards

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Authored by Margaret Baxter