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Why so few women at senior levels in banks?

Lack of sponsorship has been cited as the biggest reason for women not reaching the corner office


Mandeep Maitra
At most banks, an estimated 25-35 per cent of women employees join at the entry level, with only 17-20 per cent at mid-management, with the numbers at the senior level ending in single digits. Why is this so?

At the individual level, whether it is lacking career-intentionality to achieve top jobs, suffering from imposter syndrome, or being held back by the sociocultural construct for women, there are several reasons why women may not break the proverbial glass ceiling.

Over the last decade, it was felt that women leaders lack role models and mentors at senior levels to guide them on
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First Published: Aug 28 2022 | 9:08 PM IST

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