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Les femmes sont encore exclues du « Boy’s Club » !

11 mars 2014

Voici un excellent article Mark Koba dans NBC NEWS, section Business, qui présente les résultats d’une enquête sur la place des femmes dans les conseils d’administration ainsi que dans les postes de haute direction.

Comme vous le constaterez, le Canada a un sérieux retard à combler en comparaison de pays qui visent la parité ! Au Québec, la situation est moins dramatique bien que requérant toute notre attention.

Rappelons que le Québec est cité en exemple pour avoir réussi à atteindre la parité hommes/femmes sur les conseils d’administration des sociétés d’état.

C’est une lecture très clairement présentée. Je vous invite à prendre connaissance de ce court extrait. Bonne lecture !

Boardroom Boys’ Club : Women Still Mostly Shut Out

March 8 marks International Women’s Day, a time designated to honor women for their economic, political and social achievements.

But when it comes to the business world, there’s a strong feeling that American women have not come far enough on issues like equal pay — and on having a seat in corporate boardrooms.

« The challenges of 20 years ago for women are still with us, » said Susan Nethero, managing director of Golden Seeds Investment, a firm dedicated to female-owned and -managed businesses. « There’s been some improvement, but it’s not really gotten any easier for women to be successful at high levels in business. »

Nethero spent 20 years in corporate America working in management positions for companies like Xerox and Dow Chemical as well as starting and working as CEO of her own retail firm. She said women still don’t feel part of a business culture still dominated by men.

That culture, said Margery Kraus, founder and CEO of consulting firm APCO Worldwide, creates a kind of exclusion against women.

Norway, Finland and France have quota laws requiring in some cases at least a 40 percent level of female representation on corporate boards.

« We face discrimination at all levels, like trying to raise money for a business, » said the 67-year-old Kraus, who is chairman of the board of the Women Presidents’ Organization, a group dedicated to helping women entrepreneurs. « There’s a presumption that women can’t do certain things in business and that’s just wrong. »

U.S. lags other advanced countries

Marissa Mayer

Women hold 16 percent of corporate board seats in the U.S., and they hold 14 percent of executive officer positions, according to Catalyst Research. Just 23 of the Fortune 500 CEOs are females.

CEOs like Mary Barra at General Motors, Meg Whitman at Hewlett-Packard, Laura Alber of Williams-Sonoma, Marissa Mayer at Yahoo are examples of progress.

Compared with some countries, the U.S. trails in the number of women occupying corporate chairs. In Norway, 41 percent of board seats are held by women. In Sweden and Finland, it’s 27 percent; in France, it’s 18 percent.

However, getting to those higher levels came through regulation. Norway, Finland and France have quota laws requiring in some cases at least a 40 percent level of female representation on corporate boards, other times an equal 50-50 men-to-women ratio.

Board seats held by women by country
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