Glass ceiling hasn't been smashed yet

BRITAIN has slipped to 15th in the&nbsp; international league table for gender equality, it emerged yesterday, as a number of high-profile City women told City A.M. that they believed that glass ceiling still exists.<br /><br />Britain has slid to 15th place, down from 9th in 2006 for gender equality, according to the World Economic Fund. <br /><br />Top business women yesterday gathered for the Women in the City Awards to celebrate the achievements of senior and partner-level professionals working in the City, Canary Wharf and Mayfair.<br /><br />But bubbling in the background was acknowledgement that women in some of the UK&rsquo;s leading finance companies still receive around 80 per cent less in performance related pay than male colleagues, according to an inquiry by the Equality and Human Rights Commission. <br /><br />Barclays Wealth head Barbara-Ann King said: &ldquo;Women are still the minority in the industry. Events like this help support women to come up through the system.&rdquo;<br /><br />&nbsp;King added: &ldquo;I&nbsp; think that for male employers it is the unknown that worries them &ndash; we are the minority and I think men are worried about employing a woman in a top role without having had experience of it in their career &ndash; it&rsquo;s an education process. I think there is definitely still a glass ceiling for women.&rdquo;<br /><br />CBRE&rsquo;s Charlotte Eddington said: &ldquo;I think if you are able to prove yourself as capable you shouldn&rsquo;t be different to anyone else, but I believe there are gaps about.&rdquo; RSA Louise Rushmer said: &ldquo;Women are getting more powerful in the work place &ndash; but we&rsquo;re still not quite there.&rdquo;

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