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Introduction Women are becoming an unmistakable portion of the workforce Woman now make up 43 percent of the managerial administrative and executive positions in the US This may sound impressive but unfortunately most of those jobs are only in lower level management Women only make up three to seven percent of senior management vice president and higher There is still a great inequality in corporate America Old fashioned views are the main thing holding women back Many things come from those old fashioned views including viewing women as inferior sexual harassment and the good old boys problem Women are fighting these problems however and are gaining powerful positions as a result This report will cover women in managerial and executive positions what is holding women back women helping women succeed and women who have made it big Woman in Executive and Management Positions Womens Numbers in Executive Positions In the past women were only allowed to stay at home and take care of the kids It is not until recently that women were allowed to enter the workforce and even more recently that they were allowed the chance to gain managerial or executive positions Although according to US department of Labor Bureau of Statistics women make up 43 percent of the managerial administrative and executive positions in the US Most of that percentage however is made up of lower level management Only three to five percent of executive positions belong to women That means that 95 to 97 percent of all senior managers vice president and higher are men Mostly white men to be precise The numbers are even lower when you get to even bigger companies A 1990 study of the top Fortune 500 companies by Mary Ann Von Glinow of the University of Southern California showed that women were only 26 of the corporate officers the vice presidential level up of those companies That is what is known as the glass ceiling Women
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