More women winning the race to reach the top of the Indian corporate ladder

India’s corporate sector is seeing a narrowing of the gender gap in senior management roles in organisations. More and more women are entering top leadership roles, signalling a change in the business world.
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India’s corporate sector is seeing a narrowing of the gender gap in senior management roles in organisations. More and more women are entering top leadership roles, signalling a change in the business world. 

The Grant Thornton Women in Business 2021 report says that with 39 percent, India ranks third in the world when it comes to women representation in senior management positions. It adds that 47 percent of Indian mid-market businesses now have women CEOs.

The report suggests that companies are increasingly becoming conscious of the importance of having diversity and inclusion programmes. Today, the push towards gender diversity by Indian corporations is unprecedented. 

While the pandemic and the resultant economic slump has been damaging to various sectors, the growth in work-from-home opportunities proved to be a boost for women joining the workforce or relaunching their careers. 

Unsurprisingly, one of the reasons for the steady upward curve in companies recruiting more women in leadership roles is that these companies are also led by women


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“A woman CEO is also more likely to implement programmes to encourage women with potential through specific skilling and training to become ready to take up more responsibilities at a higher level in the organisation.”

Preetha Reddy, Executive Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited


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