Most women believe the working world remains inhospitable to them, according to research reported today.
Carried out by business consultancies The Change Partnership and The Tavistock Consultancy Service, the research was based on anonymous interviews with 52 of Britain's most successful female leaders in public and professional life.
It also suggested that women leave jobs mid-career more because they believe their professional life does not match their values than for reasons of bringing up a family.
The study, reported by the BBC today, pointed to US research showing a link between a female presence at the most senior level and profitability for top companies.
Of the 100 top companies within the US Fortune 500 listing, 97% had one women director on the board and 67% had two or more women directors, the BBC said. This contrasted with women holding only 5.85% of directorial appointments in companies on the UK FTSE 100 index.
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