If you want a position of authority in L&D, you have more chance if you’re a man. That was the conclusion of some research I carried out three years ago, and it remains the same today – only more so.
If you’re a woman, you can improve your odds of rising up the company ladder in a few ways. You can work in the right sector (for a charity, for example, not an IT company), or you can work in a larger company, but even so, the odds are against you. In every decade of their working lives, the women among the 2,635 L&D professionals that I examined are between 5% and 11% less likely than men to be in positions of authority.