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Courage and determination needed if women are to succeed in the industry
01 April 2008
Stephanie Liston of Ofcom and the organisation Women in Telecoms and Technology asks why there aren't more women making a contribution at a senior level in telecoms companies
Women in Telecoms and Technology
Stephanie Liston: why do so many talented females feel
forced out to go it alone?
The latest stark statistics from our industry make frightening
reading: fewer women than ever are entering the sector, we are
still subjected to unequal pay and board representation of
women is actually declining.
So, we need to ask, why are we where we are? What is going
wrong? And where do we go from here?
Despite the UK's Higgs Report in 2003 on non-executive
directors and growing evidence indicating that companies with
gender-balanced boards produce better financial results, we are
still not seeing any increase in women joining the board, or
senior management teams, of larger telecoms and IT
Why is this? Is it down to apathetic head hunters circulating
only the usual suspects? Is it because women don't do enough to
raise their profiles and make their names known?
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