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Women’s leadership: stop talking and start measuring by Tamara Vrooman

When talking about women’s leadership in business, it’s tempting to focus on heartwarming tales of women who started with nothing, only to reach the highest rung of a corporate ladder.

But those stories are doing us no favours.

In business, the power of storytelling is real. We are social animals and we relate to others’ goals and dreams. But the same success stories have been shared over and over for years, leading us to believe that gender diversity in corporate leadership has been achieved.

Sadly, nothing could be further from the truth.

This International Women’s Day, I’m looking away from stories and instead to data.

The latest Minvera BC Face of Leadership™ BC Score Card confirmed that women are overwhelmingly absent from BC’s senior leadership roles.

For the second year, only 3/50 CEOs of BC’s top revenue-generating companies are women.

This statistic contrasts women’s representation of 47% of BC’s total workforce, and the national trend of more Canadian women graduating from universities than men.

Women are underrepresented at every step of the corporate ladder, steadily declining as they climb through the ranks.

Read the full article here.

Courtesy of Vancity.


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