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Do you want to be CEO? Women face these extra obstacles on their way to the C-suite

Meera Jagannathan
Do you want to be CEO? Women face these extra obstacles on their way to the C-suite

Many working women hoping to reach feeder positions for CEO still aren’t sure how to advance in their careers, don’t realize the importance of networking and mentorship, have too few role models in senior positions, and too seldom work at companies that actually prioritize advancing women, according to quantitative and qualitative research from the Working Mother Research Institute. Some 25% of chief executive officer, chief financial officer, chief information or technology officer, chief marketing officer and chief human resources officer positions are held by women, according to a 2019 analysis by Korn Ferry, up two percentage points from 2018. Many women are less likely to have a clear sense of how to get ahead compared to their male colleagues, the Working Mother Research Institute study found.