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Companies drain women's ambition after only 2 years

Orit Gadiesh and Julie Coffman write, "Bain & Company recently launched a study that asked more than 1,000 men and women in a mix of U.S. companies two questions: 'Do you aspire to top management within a large company?' and 'Do you have the confidence you can reach top management?'

Women with two years or less of work experience slightly led men in ambition. But for women who had more than two years on the job, aspiration and confidence plummeted 60% and nearly 50%, respectively. These declines came independent of marriage and motherhood status, and compared with much smaller changes for men, who experienced only a 10% dip in confidence.

When we asked more senior managers the same questions, the percentage rose for both genders, but women never regained the level of aspiration that newcomers had. It remained 60% lower than men, whose rates shot up. Most jarringly, the percentage of male more-senior managers who have confidence that they will reach top jobs is almost twice the percentage of female managers."  READ MORE>>

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