Catalyst Studies Show Mentoring Key to Women's Advancement in the Workplace

Take Our Daughters To Work Day Opportunity to Learn Career Success



Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from Catalyst

    NEW YORK, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- In celebration of Take Our Daughters to
 Work Day, thousands of young girls will accompany their parents or relatives
 to work on Thursday, April 26, to see working women in a wide variety of jobs.
 Part of the day's lesson will be to expand these young girls' notions of
 career choices and to increase their curiosity about having a meaningful
 career. They can also learn about the importance of having mentors along the
 way to guide them on their path, according to Sheila Wellington, president of
 Catalyst, the nonprofit working to advance women in business.
     "Having a mentor may be the single most important reason why -- among the
 equally talented -- men tend to rise higher than women," said Wellington, who
 is also the author of "Be Your Own Mentor: Strategies from Top Women on the
 Secrets of Success" (Random House, 2001). "The sooner young women learn that
 mentors can hook them up with the experiences and people needed to move ahead,
 the sooner they can decide on exactly what they want from their work life."
     Although women comprise 46 percent of the workforce, at the very top women
 fill only 12.5 percent of the corporate officer ranks of Fortune 500 companies
 ("2000 Catalyst Census of Women Corporate Officers and Top Earners"). Catalyst
 research points to the barriers to advancement for women. In survey after
 survey, women who have risen to the top cite having a mentor as a critical
 component of their success. Yet, many women continue to tell Catalyst that
 lack of a mentor is a key barrier to achieving that very same workplace
 success.
     The top five reasons why more women aren't advancing to senior ranks,
 according to executive women surveyed by Catalyst: lack of significant line
 experience; exclusion from informal networks of communications; male
 stereotyping and preconceptions about women; inhospitable corporate cultures;
 and lack of mentors ("Women in Corporate Leadership," 1996). Women of color
 managers and professionals cite lack of access to a mentor as the biggest
 barrier to advancement ("Women of Color in Corporate Management: Opportunities
 and Barriers," 1999). Most recently, women in the legal profession identified
 lack of mentoring opportunities as one of their top three barriers to
 advancement ("Women in Law: Making the Case," 2001).
 
     Catalyst is a nonprofit research and advisory organization working to
 advance women in business and the professions, with offices in New York and
 Toronto. The leading source of information on women in business for the past
 four decades, Catalyst has the knowledge and tools that help employers and
 women maximize their potential. Catalyst President Sheila Wellington is the
 author of "Be Your Own Mentor" (Random House, 2001). For additional
 information, please visit our web site at http://www.catalystwomen.org or call
 212-514-7600.
 
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    NEW YORK, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- In celebration of Take Our Daughters to
 Work Day, thousands of young girls will accompany their parents or relatives
 to work on Thursday, April 26, to see working women in a wide variety of jobs.
 Part of the day's lesson will be to expand these young girls' notions of
 career choices and to increase their curiosity about having a meaningful
 career. They can also learn about the importance of having mentors along the
 way to guide them on their path, according to Sheila Wellington, president of
 Catalyst, the nonprofit working to advance women in business.
     "Having a mentor may be the single most important reason why -- among the
 equally talented -- men tend to rise higher than women," said Wellington, who
 is also the author of "Be Your Own Mentor: Strategies from Top Women on the
 Secrets of Success" (Random House, 2001). "The sooner young women learn that
 mentors can hook them up with the experiences and people needed to move ahead,
 the sooner they can decide on exactly what they want from their work life."
     Although women comprise 46 percent of the workforce, at the very top women
 fill only 12.5 percent of the corporate officer ranks of Fortune 500 companies
 ("2000 Catalyst Census of Women Corporate Officers and Top Earners"). Catalyst
 research points to the barriers to advancement for women. In survey after
 survey, women who have risen to the top cite having a mentor as a critical
 component of their success. Yet, many women continue to tell Catalyst that
 lack of a mentor is a key barrier to achieving that very same workplace
 success.
     The top five reasons why more women aren't advancing to senior ranks,
 according to executive women surveyed by Catalyst: lack of significant line
 experience; exclusion from informal networks of communications; male
 stereotyping and preconceptions about women; inhospitable corporate cultures;
 and lack of mentors ("Women in Corporate Leadership," 1996). Women of color
 managers and professionals cite lack of access to a mentor as the biggest
 barrier to advancement ("Women of Color in Corporate Management: Opportunities
 and Barriers," 1999). Most recently, women in the legal profession identified
 lack of mentoring opportunities as one of their top three barriers to
 advancement ("Women in Law: Making the Case," 2001).
 
     Catalyst is a nonprofit research and advisory organization working to
 advance women in business and the professions, with offices in New York and
 Toronto. The leading source of information on women in business for the past
 four decades, Catalyst has the knowledge and tools that help employers and
 women maximize their potential. Catalyst President Sheila Wellington is the
 author of "Be Your Own Mentor" (Random House, 2001). For additional
 information, please visit our web site at http://www.catalystwomen.org or call
 212-514-7600.
 
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