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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

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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 companies.
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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