January 16, 2014

Europe's Female Executives Gap

Nima Sanandaji, New Geography

The Associated Press

A great divide exists between European countries when it comes to the issues of women’s career opportunities. Some countries have high female work participation and values that promote gender equality, while others lag behind. But a closer look shows that the share of women in managerial positions is in odds with other indicators of equality. Scandinavia, where we might expect to find most female directors and chief executives, has in fact the lowest share. Many more women have reached the top of the business sector in countries with relatively low female labor participation, and far from gender equal attitudes. Other factors, such as the scope of welfare state monopolies and hours invested in work, seem to crucially affect women’s chances to reaching the top of the...

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