Women in the workplace have “never had it so good”. That’s according to Sir Stuart Rose, Chairman of Marks and Spencer, who caused a stir when he made some rather controversial comments recently. “Apart from the fact that you’ve got more equality than you ever can deal with, the fact of the matter is that you’ve got real democracy and there really are no glass ceilings, despite the fact that some of you moan about it all the time” he said in an interview. “I mean, what else do you want to do, for God’s sake? Women astronauts. Women miners. Women dentists. Women doctors. Women managing directors. What is it you haven’t got?”
Where do we start?! Although we do indeed have female MDs, how many boardrooms have a balanced gender split? Not many. And how many women, especially in industries like IT, find it hard to get promoted? A lot. Sir Stuart is very right in saying that we’ve got a lot more equality than we have ever had before and yes, women can get to the top – but not without overcoming a lot of obstacles and challenges along the way.