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Women and Leadership: The State of Play and Strategies for Change by Deborah L. Rhode, Barbara Kellerman

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WOMEN IN CORPORATE LEADERSHIP

Status and Prospects

Katherine Giscombe

While women in the United States have not historically occupied positions of power in private sector organizations, they have made gains in achieving positions of corporate leadership in the last several years. Many business organizations have recognized the need to diversify their employee base and leadership and have made efforts by hiring chief diversity officers and implementing detailed diversity and inclusion strategies. Nevertheless, a study by Catalyst, the nonprofit organization devoted to advancing women in the workplace, shows that in the last three years, growth in the percentage of women in corporations’ most senior positions (called “corporate officer” and ...

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