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Women at the top (or not): history, background, issues and themes

Despite changes in the status of and interactions between women and men at work, power relations between men and women in management remain unequal, and especially so at high levels. Furthermore, the structures and social processes of organizations frequently continue to emanate from male-based practices, prerogatives and privileges. (Broadbridge and Hearn, 2008)

The rate of change over the past four decades has been glacially slow. (Ceri Goddard, CEO, Fawcett Society, November 20091)

When women fail to come forward and play a full part in our public life it is not just about the drives within us but about the pressures around us. Women are responding not only to inner desires ...

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