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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 in leadership: Time for more
This article shares insights, advice and questions from participants in the Women's Accounting Leadership Series, about moving up in accounting and finance. Topics discussed include barriers to career advancement among women in finance and accounting, what women can do to create a more inclusive workplace environment such as seeking male and female colleagues as mentors and serving as a mentor to male colleagues, and skills required to rise to the top.

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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. If you are unable to access an eBook, please see our Help and support advice or contact library@icaew.com.

It's not a glass ceiling, it's a sticky floor: free yourself from the hidden behaviours sabotaging your career success

Professional advancement for women in the workplace.

Job evaluation: a guide to achieving equal pay

A good practice guide to job evaluation.

Woman's place is in the boardroom, A

Details the advantages of having women on the board of directors.

Woman's place is in the boardroom, A: the roadmap

Guide to promoting women in the workplace.

Women in business: the changing face of leadership

Describes the process of increasing gender diversity in leadership positions.

Women leading

Describes the role of women in leadership positions.

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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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Are the UK's corporate leaders sexist? Some FTSE 350 bosses give 'appalling excuses' for not hiring women to the board.

The article highlights the findings of Hampton-Alexander Review, the government-backed, business-led body that's attempting to increase the proportion of women on boards to one third by 2020, about corporate excuses' for not hiring women to the board. Several excuses found in the review includes women's abilities to deal with pressure of sitting on the board, reduced number of women with the right credentials and depth of experience.

5 lessons we've learned from gender pay reporting...

Discussion of the issues around implementation of gender pay reporting in the UK as of May 2018 and the 5 things you should do next. Also cited are the percentage of employers which complied and failed to report their data, the differences between gender pay and equal pay.

Women in leadership: Time for more

This article shares insights, advice and questions from participants in the Women's Accounting Leadership Series, about moving up in accounting and finance. Topics discussed include barriers to career advancement among women in finance and accounting, what women can do to create a more inclusive workplace environment such as seeking male and female colleagues as mentors and serving as a mentor to male colleagues, and skills required to rise to the top.

Women in leadership: Time for more

This article shares insights, advice and questions from participants in the Women's Accounting Leadership Series, about moving up in accounting and finance. Topics discussed include barriers to career advancement among women in finance and accounting, what women can do to create a more inclusive workplace environment such as seeking male and female colleagues as mentors and serving as a mentor to male colleagues, and skills required to rise to the top.

#AccountingToo: Sexual harassment all too common

The article reports on the trends of the sexual harassment incidents involving accounting professionals. Topics discussed include the various forms of harassment both in men and women such as inappropriate questions, innuendo or joke, the various factors contributing to less prevalence of the incident such as the work pressure, the size of the firm, and professionalism, and the concerns of women accountants on how their firms respond to the sexual misconduct in their firms.

What now? Not all harassment makes the headlines - but there are hard and fast rules every business facing allegations should follow.

The article discusses sexual harassment allegations made within the U.S. entertainment industry and offers tips for businesses facing such allegations. Topics include the tendency for companies to ignore transgressions or trivialise them despite a clear definition of sexual harassment presented under Great Britain's Sex Discrimination Act, the Equality Act's protection of individuals making claims and organizations against hypersensitive individuals, and the importance of corporate culture that welcomes concerns and complaints.

Women in accounting making progress?

Reports on the position of women in finance and accounting leadership roles. Topics discussed include the impact of a diverse board of directors and C-suite on corporate performance, the compensation gap and the importance of mentorship and sponsorship.

Salary survey

Televisual's 21st annual salary survey, looking at broadcasting and production companies in Great Britain in 2015. Covers the gender pay gap and current trends in working culture.

Starting a womens initiative

Suggestions for those wishing to start a women's initiative within their accountancy firm.

Learn to embrace complex change

The article explores how to embrace changes in your career and personal life, using the example of Denise Wang, a marketing chief at a UK-based consumer goods company, who faces the dilemma of whether to apply for a role leading the company's Singapore office.

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Guides, publications and research

2017

Maximising women’s contribution to future economic growth
Women’s Business Council Progress Report 2017

2016

Gender salary reporting
Brief guide from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) to new legislation which requires large employers to measure and report on how they pay men and women from April 2017. Also includes results of the CMI and XpertHR's Gender Salary Survey 2016

Women in Finance Charter
Details of HM Treasury's 'Women in Finance Charter' which asks financial services firms to commit to implementing 4 key industry actions to improve gender balance within the industry. Published in March 2016.

Women in Work Index 2016
Fourth annual update to PwC's Women in Work Index which combines key indicators of female economic empowerment into a single comparable index for 33 OECD countries.

2015

Maximising women’s contribution to future economic growth - Two years on
Follow-up report from the Women’s Business Council published in June 2015. Outlines further recommendations for changing business culture to better use the talents of girls and women as they participate in the workforce at every stage of their lives.

Organizational strategies: retaining and developing women leaders
Guide published by AICPA in 2015 to help accountancy firms develop and implement strategies that facilitate career progression for women.

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.

Reflecting on 'The Business Case for Women’s Economic Empowerment' workshop
Comments on the joint BIAC/AmCham France/OECD Workshop on the Business Case for Women's Economic Empowerment at the OECD Conference Center

Thinking big: How to accelerate the growth of women-owned companies
Report published in early 2012 exploring 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 emphasises 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’.

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’.

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.

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.

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