I suspect that the percentage of women who are ambitious in that direction, may be fewer than men.
Also, in my experience, not many people prefer a woman boss. I had three in total throughout my professional career, out of seven. In all honesty, they were placed in positions 5, 6 and 7.
All of my departments ran more efficiently than before I took them over, and only one of them had been run by a woman. They not only ran better, but one won a countrywide award when we came in third , and all of them had improved responses in staff satisfaction surveys, yet, most of my staff preferred the guy who was in charge before me.
Maybe women don't cope with unpopularity so well.
Last Edit: Apr 30, 2015 2:20:13 GMT -5 by a_muppet
I do feel people view women as less capable of being in charge and running things, but I don't believe that to be the case. Women can be just as educated and driven, but I feel people don't take us as seriously for some reason. Like we aren't strong enough or smart enough... too emotional/sensitive. That is how people generally view women.
We may say women are equals, and strive for that, but are we really at that point yet?
Do women expect less? Do women just take what they can get to support their family (or themselves)? Maybe women will gladly take less money than men would on average.
Maybe men fight harder for higher pay... they may feel they deserve it. I think women tend to have low self esteem, so that can get in the way was well.