Under the title The Daughter also Rises: Women are Storming Emerging-World Boardrooms, The Economist describes how in the emerging world women come up to be great business woman at the highest levels in economy. Indeed the figures are spectacular, turning the results of the Dutch traditional approach for women in business into the useless methods of an emerging country, with formally emerging countries way ahead of us, see http://www.economist.com/node/21526872?fsrc=nlw:
“Seven of the 14 women identified on Forbes magazine’s list of self-made billionaires are Chinese. (…) In China, 32% of senior managers are female, compared with 23% in America and 19% in Britain. In India, 11% of chief executives of large companies are female, compared with 3% of Fortune 500 bosses in America and 3% of FTSE 100 bosses in Britain. Turkey and Brazil come third and joint fourth (behind Finland and Norway) in the World Economic Forum’s ranking of countries by the proportion of CEOs who are women. In Brazil, 11% of chief executives and 30% of senior executives are women.”
Compare with Dutch figures: 9,2% female chief executives and part of them are not even Dutch from origine. It is always good to have the figures in mind before telling what many Dutch business men say: ‘we support diversity but quality comes first‘ resulting in inadequate use of female talents in The Netherlands, less than almost anywhere. The daughter also rises is more like wishful thinking in the Netherlands….
I really like this comment of the article, I quote again:
‘Am I the only one who finds it ironic that two of the most sexist, anti-feminine countries on Earth, India and China, who go as far as to abort female fetuses, are showing some of the most progress in terms of allowing women into the upper levels of business? It seems so odd that cultures that value women less than men, in fact referring to daughters as burdens in many cases, would be able to lift “the glass ceiling” faster than Western countries that supposedly value equality. Hopefully this will lead to improved attitudes towards women in general in emerging markets, and women in business in the developed ones as they compete with more female led companies from the Global South.”
And then this beautiful comment, as the article accuses the United Arab Emirates wrongly: “How can they (women) stay on the fast track if, as in the UAE, they cannot travel without a male chaperone?” by
“Women in the UAE can travel without a chaperone. This is not Saudi Arabia. I suppose the authors got their countries mixed up. The UAE is probably the most liberal of all the Gulf states. Women do everything by themselves in the country. They can drive, travel, start a business, liaise with NGOs or the government, take up any career. You name it. They can do it.”
Ah, the complicated world of diversity… I would be so much more simple if every region would stick to certain rules for sexe, culture and the like. But they don’t! And that is so much more fun! That is how we can challenge each other and learn from each other, cross regions and cross countries, to increase common happiness and wealth worldwide.
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