CAREERS: Comment - Boys and girls must learn to play together

After researching our client database a disturbing trend has emerged; the boys are on top and it looks as though they are staying there.

After researching our client database a disturbing trend has

emerged; the boys are on top and it looks as though they are staying

there.



Within the top 20s of the various agency types, only one advertising,

one design, one public relations, one sales promotion and one direct

marketing agency are currently run by women.



How has this happened when women outnumber men at account-handler

level?



It seems that it falls to the women to juggle career and family more

than it does for men.



Although many female colleagues said they had not directly suffered from

prejudice, there was a strong feeling that it was experienced by

others.



Lynda Gratton, my big sister and Professor of Human Resources at London

Business School, says that the glass ceiling still exists. ’Most

businesses are run by men for men. Will it change? I have my

doubts.’



I’m very much on the side of the girls here, but I think organisations

like Women in Marketing create barriers.



They set women out as being separate from men instead of encouraging

working together. But the problem has to be addressed.



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