Women have made enormous inroads into schools and universities over the past few decades and have carved out a place for themselves in professional working life. Men continue to dominate the upper echelons of corporate management, however.
Women's career opportunities are currently changing as a result of extensive restructuring of the economy. Companies increasingly operate on global markets, have sales and production structures that span the globe, and exploit the "information space" that is available worldwide. Differences between locations, cultures, generations, and also between women and men are handled in the context of 'diversity management,' the aim of which is not to eliminate these differences but rather to acknowledge and strategically harness them. The issue of women and careers is also gaining attention at board level. At the same time, career structures in companies are changing, and managers must meet new requirements. More
Which impacts these changes have on women's career opportunities is the key question that the project "Women in Careers" seeks to answer. Women's career opportunities are approaching a historical crossroads where the right course has to be set. Future development will depend on whether opportunities are systematically exploited and risks identified at an early stage. "Women in Careers" intends to assist in this process. More
The project activities comprise analyses of career structures in three selected industries. The question how these structures affect women's chances of promotion to managerial positions will be investigated. On the other hand, analysis is focused on the career strategies that men and women themselves adopt in order to balance the demands of enterprises and their private arrangements. More
"Women in Careers" is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research under the priority theme "Women to the Top" within the support program "Strategies for Achieving Equality for Women in Educatuion and Research", and is co-funded by the European Social Fund of the European Union.
The project has been extended and therefore prolongated until August 31, 2013. More