Female Execs Are Kicking Ass In Emerging Markets

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Maria Saab shares the perhaps-surprising news:

[W]here are women climbing the corporate ladder? In countries you would probably least expect. The highest proportions of women with senior roles are in the BRICS nations – Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. There, women comprise 30 percent of senior management positions, which is higher than the global average (24 percent).

What is more surprising is that none of these countries have enacted compulsory quotas or legislation addressing this issue. Russia has the highest proportion of women in senior management globally (43 percent) without this type of gender programming. The same applies for the neighboring Baltic States – Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Georgia, Poland, and Armenia – which boast 30 percent or more. Between 2012 and 2013, China doubled the number of senior management roles held by women from 25 per cent to 51 per cent.

(Map from Grant Thornton’s “Women in Business: From Classroom to Boardroom”)