07/10/2013 02:47 pm ET

Are Nonprofits Getting Away Lightly On Female Leadership?


Debates about the female leadership gap are sweeping through the private sector. And yet, the glass ceiling remains unexamined in the not-for-profit sector, which is a major contributor to the UK economy. This is despite positive public perceptions that non-profit organisations are lead by dynamic women such as Dame Barbara Stocking, who until February this year was chief executive of Oxfam

In the UK women make up 71% of the non-profit sector, yet only represent 45% of directors. This means that high-profile female directors in non-profit organisations are the exception rather than the rule, particularly in the most visible and resourced organisations.