Brain food: Global business - German women demand their rights in impulse magazine

Brain food: Global business - German women demand their rights in impulse magazine - 'A 14-hour day is normal,' says Christel Ganters, 47 and typical of businessmen's wives who are not just assistants but actually running the offices of 75% of Germany's s

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Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

'A 14-hour day is normal,' says Christel Ganters, 47 and typical of businessmen's wives who are not just assistants but actually running the offices of 75% of Germany's small businesses. And although they want change, they face massive opposition from the men, who are not keen to adopt the practices of places like Switzerland and France, where working women have far more power.

Women can only guess what the men are frightened of. Macho managers feel threatened; they don't want to lose power or prestige, but the 'this is the way we've always done it' approach can't really survive much longer - can it?

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