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"Overall, women are still grossly underrepresented in management positions in Germany. However, what has been dubbed the gender leadership gap, i.e., the difference between the share of all employees who are women and the share of women in senior management positions, varies considerably across the different sectors. The present report shows that women have the lowest odds of occupying a senior management position in the financial sector although -- measured against the total number of employees in the sector -- the industry has a particularly large number of senior management positions. Possible explanations for this are the exceptionally masculine culture and the specific legal requirements of CEOs in the financial sector which are implicitly biased toward men. Generally, part-time work also has an adverse effect on women's career prospects: for many management positions, being able to work full-time is a prerequisite which often excludes women from taking on these roles due to the traditional division of household and family labor -- the same obviously does not apply to men. Policy-makers and the business community should therefore adopt measures to increase gender equality in terms of working hours. The 'family working-time benefits model' and improvements in the quality of child day care proposed by DIW Berlin would be steps in the right direction." (Author's abstract, IAB-Doku) ((en))

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Holst, Elke; Friedrich, Martin (2016): Women's odds of occupying a senior management position considerably lower than men's : particularly in the financial sector. In: DIW-Wochenbericht, Vol. 83, Iss. 37, pp. 827-838.
 

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