In Ireland, women fall behind early and continue to lose ground with every step.
A 2016 study commissioned by the 30% Club Ireland, revealed that even at the most junior level of management, women only occupy 34% of positions with their representation falling significantly at each subsequent stage of the career ladder with just 14% of Irish companies having women leaders.
“It is time to end practices of the past that are now hampering Irish business’s strategic agenda and I look forward in particular to an early end to all-male boards. As we go into a new decade on 1 January 2020, the Government urges Irish companies to demonstrate their commitment to modernity by ensuring they all have women on their boards by then. Working together, let’s take the steps to achieve better gender balance in corporate decision-making. Taking action now will enable Irish business to maintain its proud reputation for dynamism and innovative leadership.”
Minister David Stanton
Minister of State for Equality, Immigration and Integration
While there is a strong business imperative for improving gender balance, the results so far are not very encouraging. However, for women who wish to take control of their own journey, there are some key strategies and skills they can employ.