Momentum building for more women in senior appointments

J. Hurn Brian (Farnham, UK)

Industrial and Commercial Training

ISSN: 0019-7858

Publication date: 28 January 2014



The purpose of this paper is to review the encouraging progress and increased momentum in both business and Government for more women to be appointed to senior positions. It traces this momentum since the author's last article: “Are cracks now appearing in the boardroom glass ceiling?” in Industrial and Commercial Training, Vol. 45 No. 4, 2013.


Critical review of recent initiatives by both government and business.


The article highlights the positive momentum towards greater gender equality in the workplace. It emphasises the need for more career guidance beginning early in school for girls and to change the male-dominated culture found in many areas of business.

Research limitations/implications

Review of literature and media articles in the past 12 months.

Practical implications

The increased antipathy towards quotas and the need for greater career guidance in both schools and colleges, together with work experience placements for women. Recruitment and selection should be gender-free, based on ability and experience and carried out by selection panels of both sexes.


Highlights and analyses the recent encouraging trends and increasing awareness of the value women bring to a company board.



J. Hurn, B. (2014), "Momentum building for more women in senior appointments", Industrial and Commercial Training, Vol. 46 No. 1, pp. 1-6.

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