Women vs. Men in the Workplace

September 20, 2013 Updated Sep 20, 2013 at 9:18 AM EDT

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September 20, 2013 Updated Sep 20, 2013 at 9:18 AM EDT


A report in today's Business First shows how men dominate local executive leadership positions. That's the way it's always been. But is change on the way?

The report paints a typical picture with boardrooms and executive suites across Western New York filled with men.

The report notes that there are more women in leadership positions than ever before, but there is a disparity between men and women in the highest-ranking jobs.

Executives like Maureen Hurley with Rich Products say women make up half the population and are driving more economic decisions at home. She oversees human resources at Rich's and says women need to be making leadership decisions and holding high level positions in the workplace to serve customers effectively.

Here's a look at some of the stats for women in the workplace:
The report says women work their way up the ladder, then fall off at manager level where some companies aren't willing to appoint women at the C-level.

However, women do run run 1/3 of the area's largest nonprofits, where female executives are more widely accepted.

The report says childcare does plays a role in appointing women to high ranking positions. In the past, a company would be more likely to choose a man who wouldn't take maternity leave.

But times are changing. One example is Dottie Gallagher-Cohen who has been named president and CEO of the Buffalo-Niagara
Partnership, which represents thousands of local companies.

It shows that progress is being made. You can read more in today's Business First.