There’s some good news to report in Singapore this International Women’s Day , according to advisory firm Grant Thornton’s “Women in Business 2021” report. The number of women holding overall senior leadership positions in mid-market businesses in Singapore has hit 33 per cent, despite the adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. While this is not quite gender parity, it does pass the critical 30 per cent, which research shows is the minimum representation needed to change decision-making processes.
Of course, three per cent is a great start but there has to be more and this can only truly happen with women in power and men as their advocate. This International Women’s Day, we speak to six women in business and sport who are leaders in their field and who in many cases have achieved gender parity in their departments. They share with us what it took for them to get where they are and what are the solid initiatives they are taking to help women follow in their footsteps.