Last week Nemat Shafik, the new Deputy Governor of the Bank of England, proposed that instead of breaking the ‘glass ceiling’ to reach senior levels, women need to push through the ‘sticky door’:
“women and girls should not look up to a glass ceiling but switch their gaze straight ahead to a “sticky door” which is blocking women from breaking through. It helps if there are allies on the other side pulling the handle too, … But it is not everything – it’s mainly up to women to put their shoulders to the door and give it a hard shove.”
Interview of Nemat Shafik with Jane Merrick, The Independent, 19/3/14
- developing specific recruitment channels to get round the HR ‘CV gap’ screening block
- offering returning professional internships (returnships) as a targeted route back.
- providing coaching & mentoring for the transition period
- keeping in touch with alumnae while they’ve left the workplace so they feel the door is still open!