Evidence indicates that it is getting easier for women to get ahead in the world of work – but only just.
A young woman starting out in business today has every reason to expect that her prospects for success are good. According to the 2017 Grant Thornton Women in Business survey, the proportion of women in senior management has reached an all-time high.
This is good news, says Kumeshnee West, director of Executive Education at the UCT Graduate School of Business. “Companies are responding to the evidence that diversity is linked to better performance and it seems that efforts to enhance diversity in business are starting to pay off!”
However, she cautions that the dial on gender diversity is still moving painfully slowly and the number of women in senior management in Africa remains stubbornly low.
“We need to keep up the pressure in advocating for gender diversity at all levels and make sure we are equipping women with the tools and support that they need to succeed,” she says. “It is also key that we find ways to celebrate the trailblazers.”
This Women’s Month, the GSB is hosting several events to celebrate these trailblazers.