Where are the women?

It shares its name with mythology’s greatest female warriors. It is the world’s largest online retailer. Among its 120 most senior managers, only 18 are women – none of whom report directly to the big boss.
The big boss runs the company with a select all-male group of 12 – the S Team (Senior Team), all of whom have a direct line to the big boss. Including those who report directly to the S Team, there is 132 staff in total in the top two tiers of the organisation. But 13 of these are “executive assistants” and all are women.
Out of the remaining 119 senior managers, just 18 are female – 15% of the total. Two women sit on the board of the organisation, both of whom are non-executive directors.
According to the source of this information, who asked not to be named, within this organisation “there is a strong feeling that there is a glass ceiling for women who want to progress above senior manager or director level”. The organisation “has a problem with women and it needs to change”.
The most senior woman in the organisation acts as the controller and principal accounting officer. She is named as a member of the 10-strong team of company officers, but she reports directly to the chief financial officer, not to the big boss! The organisation has stated: “We have many women in leadership roles across our global organisation, including two members of our board”.
The organisation is, of course the online retailer Amazon; infamous for, amongst other reasons, its zero-hours worker contracts and taxation issues with the British exchequer. Clearly, as the unnamed source has said, Amazon has a further issue with respect to its dearth of females in executive positions.
Then I thought of another organisation that shares its name with the mythologies of the ancient world – the Roman Catholic Church! Where are the women?
 (With thanks to Juliette Garside’s article, and the unnamed source, in The Guardian newspaper)
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About stewculbard

I am a retired secondary school teacher of Humanities, having spent a major portion of my working life as a Minister of Religion with the Baptist denomination. I would now describe myself as a secular humanist and a socialist. I am married to Vicky and we have three children - two sons and a married daughter - all of whom are in their thirties. Formerly of Melbourne, Australia, we are all now living in England. My academic studies have been undertaken in Australia, the UK and the USA. I have a doctorate in religious studies from the San Francisco Theological Seminary. In retirement I enjoy reading, listening to classical music and writing. I am a member of Republic, Sea of Faith, Dignity in Dying Campaign and the National Secular Society. As well, I have a subscription to a number of cultural and political associations, including Amnesty International and, as a committed European, The Federal Trust.
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