On the Underrepresentation of Women in Top Boards of Large Companies (Zur Unterrepräsentanz Von Frauen in Spitzengremien Der Wirtschaft: Ursachen Und Handlungsansätze)

20 Pages Posted: 17 Jul 2010

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Elke Holst

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin); German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) - German Socio Economic Panel

Anita Wiemer

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: May 1, 2010

Abstract

The paper proceeds from the assumption that the inequalities of opportunity between men and women on the labor market and in society overall tend to consolidate in the management bodies of large companies. The predominance of men on the supervisory boards of Germany's largest private sector companies has created a 'male monoculture' there. In the literature, structural and ideological barriers are identified as the reasons for this severe underrepresentation of women. Increasing the percentage of women in management positions in the private sector would still require the support of upper-level (male) management. In other countries, progress has already been made in this area with the use of quotas.

Note: Downloadable document is in German.

Keywords: Board Diversity, Gender Diversity, Glass Ceiling, Stereotypes, Gender Quota

JEL Classification: G38, J16, J44, J71, M14

Suggested Citation

Holst, Elke and Wiemer, Anita, On the Underrepresentation of Women in Top Boards of Large Companies (Zur Unterrepräsentanz Von Frauen in Spitzengremien Der Wirtschaft: Ursachen Und Handlungsansätze) (May 1, 2010). DIW Berlin Discussion Paper No. 1001. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1641068 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1641068

Elke Holst (Contact Author)

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) ( email )

Mohrenstraße 58
Berlin, 10117
Germany

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) - German Socio Economic Panel ( email )

DIW Berlin
Berlin, Berlin 14191
Germany

Anita Wiemer

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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