43% of women aspire to top management when they are in the first two years of their position, compared with 34% of men at that stage. Both genders are equally confident about their ability to reach a top management position at that stage. This suggests that women are entering the workforce with the wind in their sails, feeling highly qualified after success at the university level. However, over time, women’s aspiration levels drop more than 60% while men’s stay the same.
Many might assume this drop-off occurs as women get married and have children; however, analysis undertaken by Bain suggests that marital and parental status do not significantly differ for women who aspire and women who don’t.
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