Women and the “Glass Ceiling”……….is it still in tact?

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‘One in, one out’ for female directors at top UK companies

Study raises question of tokenism as FTSE 350 firms likely to appoint female director only as successor to another woman
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Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, sparked a debate on boardroom equality with her book Lean In. Photograph: Scott Eells/Bloomberg/Getty Images

The UK’s biggest companies are likely to appoint a female director only if the post has been vacated by another woman, according to research that suggests sex bias is entrenched at the top of British business.

The report’s authors analysed the board composition and performance between 1996 and 2010 of companies listed on the FTSE 350 index, and say their research raises questions about whether companies are guilty of tokenism, and are failing to understand the moral case for bringing more women into the boardroom.

The percentage of female directors on the boards of FTSE 350 companies…

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