The Diversity Of Women In Business

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The Diversity Of Women In Business

  1. 1. The Diversity of Women in Business ‘ Women in the Spotlight’ Presented by: Barbara Mullin MSc Director & Business Development Executive 21 st Century Women Ltd Tel: +44 (0)1621 869372 Fax: +44 (0)1621 869159 Email: [email_address] Website: WWW.21stcenturywomen.ltd.uk To: The Shifting Gears Conference at Durham University Monday 10 th September 2001
  2. 2. The Diversity of Women in Business <ul><li>The 21 st Century </li></ul><ul><li>The Working Environment </li></ul><ul><li>Women and Men’s Career Paths and Differing Life Stages </li></ul><ul><li>Motivating the Individual to Achieve (  Mullin B 1994) </li></ul><ul><li>The Business Case </li></ul><ul><li>The Implications of No Change </li></ul><ul><li>The Future Potential! </li></ul>
  3. 3. The 21 st Century <ul><li>Major shifts in society </li></ul><ul><li>The changing roles of women and men </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing personal responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>Adaptable people with new skills </li></ul><ul><li>The new vision </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Working Environment <ul><li>Old culture </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of work/life balance </li></ul><ul><li>Token women </li></ul><ul><li>Traditional career stereotypes </li></ul><ul><li>The future </li></ul>
  5. 5. Women & Men’s Career Paths and differing Life Stages <ul><li>Women </li></ul><ul><li>Spiral, Transitory, Lateral </li></ul><ul><li>In/out of paid employment </li></ul><ul><li>Many part time jobs </li></ul><ul><li>Choose whether or not to have family </li></ul><ul><li>Long family breaks or statutory maternity break </li></ul><ul><li>Have the responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>Men </li></ul><ul><li>Steady state, Single track, Linear </li></ul><ul><li>Views career as battle </li></ul><ul><li>Moving up the rungs </li></ul><ul><li>Classic career supports male life cycle </li></ul><ul><li>Leaves school, gets job, works in paid employment until retirement </li></ul>
  6. 6. ‘ Five Factors for Motivation’ 
  7. 7. ‘ Five Factors for Motivation’  Mullin B 1994 <ul><li>Company Profile – Working Environment </li></ul>
  8. 8. The Business Case <ul><li>A shifting society </li></ul><ul><li>Changing structure of companies </li></ul><ul><li>Exposing the factors and truths about gender </li></ul><ul><li>Development of value </li></ul><ul><li>Women’s complementary skills </li></ul>
  9. 9. The Implications of No Change <ul><li>Continuing Invisibility </li></ul><ul><li>Waste of talent </li></ul><ul><li>Reinforcement of myths instead of reality </li></ul><ul><li>Restriction of individual freedom </li></ul><ul><li>Not seen as an ‘employer of choice’ </li></ul>
  10. 10. The Future Potential <ul><li>Emphasis on cultural change </li></ul><ul><li>Raise awareness of different perceptions </li></ul><ul><li>Integrate new career models </li></ul><ul><li>Develop gender-appropriate career structures </li></ul><ul><li>Value ourselves </li></ul>

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