Despite multiple initiatives in recent years to improve equality among men and women at work, progress remains regrettably slow. In this article Viki Holton looks at some of the practical things that organisations, HR and women themselves can do to ensure that women’s careers do not derail.

Despite multiple initiatives in recent years to improve equality among men and women at work, progress remains regrettably slow. In this article Viki Holton looks at some of the practical things that organisations, HR and women themselves can do to ensure that women’s careers do not derail.

Many of the barriers that existed for earlier generations of women, such as the negative stereotypes about working mothers and sexist attitudes, have disappeared. True or false? Well, the answer is complex because yes, we see more women at senior levels but many obstacles remain which block women’s equality and career success. A 2014 survey for example revealed that 6 out of 10 mothers believed their careers had derailed after becoming pregnant.

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