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Women in business

A collection of books, articles and guides on topics of interest to women working in business and accountancy.

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Featured eBook

It's not a glass ceiling, it's a sticky floor: free yourself from the hidden behaviors sabotaging your career success
Shambaugh, Rebecca (McGraw-Hill Publishing, 2007)

Admit it: You've probably been ‘stuck’ in at least one or more of these situations. Maybe you're a perfectionist who has trouble letting go of a task. Maybe you're so loyal to your company that you haven't explored other career options. Maybe you're afraid of speaking up in meetings. Or maybe you're so accommodating to others' needs that you never take care of your own. This book will show you how to get unstuck from these common traps.

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Featured article

Women, find your voice

In the future, when more women are leading organizations, they can approach meetings in a way that feels perfectly natural to them. In the meantime, several practical steps can help them become more effective and more comfortable.

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eBooks

The Library provides full text access to a selection of key business and reference eBooks from leading publishers. eBooks are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users.

It's not a glass ceiling, it's a sticky floor: free yourself from the hidden behaviors sabotaging your career success
Shambaugh, Rebecca (McGraw-Hill Publishing, 2007)
Admit it: You've probably been ‘stuck’ in at least one or more of these situations. Maybe you're a perfectionist who has trouble letting go of a task. Maybe you're so loyal to your company that you haven't explored other career options. Maybe you're afraid of speaking up in meetings. Or maybe you're so accommodating to others' needs that you never take care of your own. This book will show you how to get unstuck from these common traps.

Assert yourself: How to find your voice and make your mark
Rooney, Kathy (A & C Black, 2006)
Book containing practical advice on how to change the way you work and live for the better. It contains a quiz to assess strengths and weaknesses plus frequently asked questions about approaching the challenge of developing assertiveness.

Women leading
Hayward, Sue (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005)
This book looks at women as leaders at all levels within organisations and in all aspects of their lives. It discusses taking conscious and purposeful decisions rather than adopting a supporting role. The author focuses in particular on women creating their own style of leadership and employing different skills to men.

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Checklists

The How To Do It guides from Atom Content Marketing are a collection of checklists providing a step by step approach to key business issues.

Disclaimer: These publications from Atom Content Marketing are for general guidance only, for businesses in the United Kingdom governed by the laws of England. Atom Content Marketing, expert contributors and ICAEW (as distributor) disclaim all liability for any errors or omissions.

Online articles

The ICAEW Library & Information Service provides access to a range of articles in full text from leading business, finance and management journals. This resource is available to ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users.

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Useful links

ICAEW

Women in Leadership
Leadership programme developed to support women in finance working across practice, industry or the public sector aiming for director, partner or senior management roles.

Guides, publications and research

2014

Maximising women's contribution to future economic growth: One year on
Follow-up report from the Women's Business Council published in June 2014. The report gives recommendations for businesses and policymakers, updated statistics on women's participation in the economy and a talent management checklist for employers.

2013

Maximising women's contribution to future economic growth
Report published by the Women's Business Council in June 2013 examining areas of work with the greatest potential economic benefit and providing recommendations with a clear economic case for action.

2012

Women in senior management: Still not enough
Report published as part of the Grant Thornton International Business Report 2012 which explores the global representation of women in senior management positions and includes country by country statistics on the percentage of businesses with a female CEO and the percentage of businesses offering flexible working.

The business case for women's economic empowerment
Report published in February 2012 as part of the OECD Gender initiative, which looks at latest developments in the level of female representation in business. The report highlights several reasons why companies should be interested in enhancing the role of women within their organisation. It also gives information on recent policy initiatives to increase female representation on company boards.

Thinking big: How to accelerate the growth of women-owned companies
This report published in early 2012 explores the impact of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Winning Women Program run in the US over its first three years, as well as its implications for female entrepreneurs who hope to build large businesses.

2011

Unwritten rules: Why doing a good job might not be enough
This series from Catalyst provides access to reports and tools on how to learn, leverage and communicate an organisation's own unwritten rules which exist alongside formal talent management and performance review programmes. The research examines the impact of these unwritten rules and emphazises that those, often women, ‘who do not have the tools to access this maze of unwritten rules and the important knowledge these rules provide remain left out, no matter how competent they are’.

Past perspectives, future change: A study into the experiences of senior women in financial services
Report published in March 2011 by executive search firm Odgers Berndtson and corporate leadership experts Muika Leadership. The study, which is based on interviews with over 100 women in leading roles in the UK financial services industry, provides information and analysis that can be used by companies to address gender imbalance.

The gender dividend: Making the business case for investing in women
This report was published in 2011 by Deloitte as the first in a series of reports aiming to examine successful models for investing in women. The report ‘lays out the rationale behind why governments and organisations must look to women as key to their economic growth’.

Sex and power (EHRC)
Survey from the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission on women in positions of power and influence. You can access the 2011 survey and results from previous years.

2010

Representation of women and men in business and government: Public attitudes and perceptions
Results of a survey published by the Government Equalities Office in March 2010. The aim of the survey was to explore public attitudes in the UK towards the representation of women and men in public institutions and in business.

2009

Inquiry into sex discrimination in the finance sector
Research report from the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission published in March 2009. The study surveys the pay, policies and practices of organisations within the financial services sector.

2007

Women of ICAS reaching the top: The demise of the glass ceiling
Summary of research published in 2007 which evaluates the extent the glass ceiling remains a phenomenon for female Scottish chartered accountants. The full report is also available to download.

Organisations and networks

Government Equalities Office
Department of the Home Office responsible for equalities legislation and policy in the UK. Site includes research, publications and statistical information on women in work.

British Association of Women Entrepreneurs
Non-profit professional organisation for UK based women business owners.

Catalyst
Organisation working globally to expand opportunities for women and business. The website provides access to research reports on a range of gender and diversity issues.

Center for Women's Business Research (US)
Provides facts and statistics about women business owners and their enterprises worldwide.

Prowess 2.0
Network of organisations and individuals aiming to support the growth of women's business ownership. Access case studies, useful facts and figures, newsletters and publications (registration required to view some content).

Women in Business
Business support network for women established in 1994.

Women in business (Startups)
Online resource for SMEs produced by publisher Crimson Business which provides information, articles and news on business networking, funding for women in business and support for female entrepreneurs.

1230 The Women's Company
Network of meetings and events for business women to help and support each other to grow their businesses.

Women in Rural Enterprise
Network and club for business women in the rural sector. Access news, information about events and the WIRE directory which details members' businesses, success stories, regional contacts and useful links.

Articles and books in the Library collection

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