The long road of women to access economic power

Posted on Jan 23, 2021, 11:51 AM

It was not until 2016 that a woman was appointed to head one of the forty largest French listed companies. At 49 years old, Isabelle Kocher became Managing Director of Engie. Before her, Nicole Notat, elected secretary general of the CFDT in 1992, was the first woman to head a union of employees, as Laurence Parisot became, in 2005, the first head of French employers. Certainly, Anne Lauvergeon had headed Areva, Hélène Ploix the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations, Anne-Marie Idrac the RATP and SNCF, and Clara Gaymard, General Electric France. But none of these companies or institutions belong to the CAC 40. To date, Catherine McGregor, who succeeded Isabelle Kocher in 2020, remains the only manager in the index.

Why, in 2021, women still do not reach management positions? “ Finding a woman for a director position is much easier than finding one for a position on the executive committee, explains Marie Donzel, associate director at AlterNego. Women administrators can cumulate; not women in the ‘codir’ “. The subject is obviously complex. “ Raising the issue of more gender diversity in the codir means hitting the haystack of equal careers in global mode – recruitment, promotion, training, appointments »Explained in 2018, Viviane de Beaufort, professor at Essec Business School interviewed by the Proches agency and the association of communication professionals COM-ENT.

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