23rd August 1999

           

GLASS CEILING STILL A BARRIER

 

Women are still struggling when it comes to attaining senior positions in management and politics.

 

That’s the key finding of a set of new reports by academics at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside which confirm the difficulties women still experience in making it to the top of their chosen profession.

 

In an introduction to a special gender edition of ‘The Regional Review’ Dr Jacqui Briggs and Prof Gary Craig of the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside wrote that women are making significant in-roads into middle management and regional politics, but that they still experience serious difficulties breaking through the ‘glass ceiling’ into higher and more responsible positions.

 

In a separate article Dr Briggs wrote there are still some serious issues to be addressed. “Women have always had a raw deal as far as political representation is concerned,” she said. “More women in government, including regional government, is undoubtedly a step in the direction of increasing gender equality.”

 

According to university lecturer Jenny Headlam-Wells, who also contributed to the publication, women who are as well qualified as men are still being overlooked for senior positions.

 

The role of children and partners in their lives was seen as a significant factor in their success. Mrs Headlam-Wells interviewed high-earning female managers and found that establishing a career well before having children and then not taking a career break for more than six months was an important factor in their success.

 

Mrs Headlam-Wells runs women into management courses at ULH.

 

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For more information contact:

 

Jez Ashberry

Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk