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Women in the Workplace

by Sellick Partnership | 2 September 2014

Working for a company that is 83% female dominated is often a hot topic of conversation, particularly when women's empowerment has recently emerged as a key focus within collective conversations about careers and the workplace.

Growing up with two sisters, one brother, two dogs (both girls) and extended predominantly female family members I have been surrounded by strong female characters my whole life. I found this by no means a hindrance to my growing up and feel it has been an integral part of defining my passion, enthusiasm and drive to succeed.

It wasn't until recent years I realised the stigma attached to professional females in certain parts of the world.

It seems Sellick Partnership is something of a paradox in the corporate world with such a high percentage of women in the workplace. When women make up 70% of the world's poorest people, with two-thirds of the world's uneducated children being girls and two-thirds of the world's illiterate adults being women. Global gender discrimination is truly endemic.

The dismal statistics of women in seats of power of just 4.8% being CEOs in Fortune 500 companies reiterates that this is a real issue.

When conducting my research for this blog I looked into the correlation of certain job roles and which ones had a predominantly female workforce. I found that PR roles stood out with 63% of public relations 'specialists' and 59% of all PR managers being women. However, at the top PR firms the executives were still primarily male.

This being said, recent studies have shown that having millennials (or Generation Y) and women in leadership positions directly corresponds with the success of the company. Companies with a 30% proportion of young people in higher roles saw 'aggressive growth' according to the study. Moreover, 90% of top performers have a high emotional intelligence - something that is found largely in women.

With new legislation being brought in later this year for shared parental leave and equal opportunities, it seems times are changing for the better for women in the workplace wanting to progress and grow within companies despite taking time off for maternal purposes.

I'm proud to work for a business which is ahead of the competition. Our senior management team is 75% female, virtually mirroring the make up of the teams, and we've recently reported our biggest growth since pre-recession. I think Sellick Partnership is a great example of a forward thinking business which enables women to succeed at work and in their personal lives.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below - are women still struggling to achieve positions of power, or is equality closer than we think?