Still no room at the top for women

Women
still hold a tiny proportion of the most senior positions in British public
life, the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) has claimed.

A
new report by the equality body shows that women hold less 10 per cent of
senior public roles.

Julie
Mellor, the EOC’s chair, said the findings raised serious questions about the
ability of decision-makers to identify with the public they are supposed to
represent.

The
survey – Women and Power: Who Runs Britain? – shows that women make up just 7
per cent of the senior judiciary, 7 per cent of senior police personnel, 9 per
cent of business leaders and 9 per cent of national newspaper editors.

However,
the findings did show some improvements with women making up 23 per cent of the
top managers in the civil service and 36 per cent of public appointments.

By Ross Wigham

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