Brainfood: Stat of the month - Sex discrimination - 1:33 the ratio of women to men exec directors in the FTSE-100

Thirty years after the Sex Discrimination Act, UK plc is still captained overwhelmingly by men. Only one FTSE-100 CEO is female, and for non-executive directors the picture is only marginally rosier - women make up 13% of NEDs (99 out of 749).

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

The 2003 Higgs report put pressure on companies to take on more diverse non-exec candidates, and this should lead to a wider variety of boardroom appointments. Mentoring schemes designed to introduce talented women to FTSE-100 leaders are springing up, and the business case for diversity is gaining belated recognition.

But to smash the glass ceiling, some perennial career problems need solving - such as how to have children and still climb the management ranks; and is boardroom life so attractive anyway? Figures on start-ups show that women seem tempted increasingly away from the corporate struggle to set up their own business.

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