Women in Positions of Power
Do you want the good news first, or the bad?
All right, I’ll give you the good news. A survey by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare of Japan found that 66.6% of the 7000 companies that responded to the survey had women in managerial and administrative positions. This is a 15 point increase from 1989.
The bad news is that only 20.7% of responding companies reported that they have programs in place to help women develop their abilities. Of the 22.3% who responded that they don’t have any such programs, 56.7% said that programs like that were not necessary as women had already reached their full potential.
The original Japanese report on the survey is here: 「平成１８年度女性雇用管理基本調査」結果概要：大企業を中心に女性管理職割合が上昇