people believe the scarcity of female corporate executives is caused by women
opting out of careers than by gender discrimination, according to the
results of a recent poll by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.
percent of the respondents to the April 2013 poll said "women’s tendency to choose family
over career” is the main factor driving the low percentage of female executives
in the corporate world. Eighteen percent blamed "gender discrimination” and 5 percent said the gender gap is due to
women "not comfortable being as aggressive as men.”
percent of respondents said "all of the above” reasons contributed to the lack
of women leaders.
disingenuous to say women tend to choose family over career,” commented poll
respondent Vanessa Aguinaga. "Plenty of men, and a rising number of women, have
both. The way the choice is framed is different for women, starting with the
fact that it is viewed as a choice.”
Barrier, another poll commenter, agreed that viewing family vs. career as a
"choice” is unfairly weighted as a women’s issue. "I never hear of anyone
talking about how men have to choose between staying home with the
kids/devoting themselves more to the family and having a successful career.”
professional styles can also be blamed for gender disparity in today’s
executive circles, some poll respondents said. "In my experience, women tend to
work differently and when they are outnumbered, they are overpowered or
misunderstood. It's a shame how often many corporate organizations and teams
don't get the best ideas or best employees because of this dynamic,” said Ellen
Another poll respondent viewed the lack of female executives as a self-perpetuating problem.
"People sponsor people like themselves and those folks have traditionally been
white males,” said Stephanie Jeter Hill.