October 20, 2009

‘Old-Boy’ Bottleneck

49%

About half of Americans say that the main reason that few women have risen to the top ranks of business is that they are held back by an ‘old boy’ network.

When respondents were asked in a Pew Research Center survey to evaluate a series of potential reasons why there are not more women in top level business positions the two factors most frequently cited were the “old-boy network” (49%) and the fact that women haven’t had access to corporate America long enough to rise to the top (44%). Many respondents also said that women’s family responsibilities don’t leave time for running a major corporation. Women themselves were somewhat more likely than men to say this is a major reason why so few top level business positions are held by women (37% vs. 32%). Read More