Women's representation on the boards of UK listed companies

Nina Teasdale, Colette Fagan, Claire Shepherd

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In the mid-1980s, the phrase ‘the glass ceiling’ was coined to refer to ‘an invisible but impermeable barrier that limited the career advancement of women’ (Burke and Vinnicombe, 2005: 165).In the UK some advancement has clearly been made sine then, with a greater number of women having entered the workplace and moved into management and the professions. At the same time, familiar patterns persist.Inequalities linked to pay, occupation and seniority continue, and women remain under-represented in the very upper echelons of work organizations – which are still dominated by an elite group of white men.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWomen on Corporate Boards and in Top Management
EditorsColette Fagan, Maria Gonzalez Menendez, Silvia Gomez Anson
Place of PublicationBasingstoke, Hants.
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9780230307735
ISBN (Print)9780230293441
Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 2011

Publication series

Name Work and Welfare in Europe


  • chief executive officer
  • executive board
  • corporate board
  • London Stock Exchange
  • vertical segregation


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