If you’re looking for an industry with a majority female workforce, then look no further than pharmaceuticals. Around 61% of the workforce is female - considerably higher than many other sectors. However, when you get to senior leadership level, this number plummets.
According to data from Mantell Associates, less than 10% of CEOs in the biopharma industry are women, and women make up only 25% of leadership teams in the overall pharmaceutical space. These figures highlight some serious barriers to career progression and development for women, especially those looking to enter the C-suite space.
Having it all
Clare Grace, chief patient officer at global clinical research organisation Parexel, says the pharmaceutical industry tends to attract a high proportion of women because it is a sector that requires staff to have empathy for patients - something that, if you believe the stereotypes, is meant to come more naturally to women.