A new survey from intelligent.com has now found that a majority of male business students now fear they that sexism will hold them back in their careers.
A stunning 69 percent of male respondents said that they believed it was extremely or very likely that anti-male sexism would hold them back in climbing the corporate ladder.
As Intelligent.com reports:
September 22 marks American Women’s Business Day, which honors the accomplishments of businesswomen throughout the U.S.
While there are many achievements to celebrate, a closer look at the current state of women in the business world reveals that there is still a way to go in achieving gender parity.
According to McKinsey’s 2020 “Women in the Workplace” report, only 21% of C-suite positions are currently held by women, and a recent study by the Women Business Collaborative found that only 8% of Fortune 500 CEOs are women.
In order to find out why current MBA students believe men continue to be greatly overrepresented in business, and how they feel sexism has impacted and will continue to impact their ability to advance in their careers, Intelligent.com surveyed 1,000 current MBA candidates in August.
Our findings revealed that, despite the numbers, male MBA candidates are actually more likely than female MBA candidates to believe that sexism is taking a toll on their careers.
Strangely only 51 percent of female business students had the same fear of sexism limiting their careers.
Furthermore the fear of sexism was most pronounced among white males:
Among ethnic groups, roughly three-fourths of White male MBA candidates (74%) say that it is extremely or very likely that sexism will keep them out of the C-suite. By comparison, 50% of Asian, 48% of Black, and 30% of Hispanic/Latino male MBA candidates have the same view.
According to educational and hiring consultant Dr. Deb Geller, this view from men, and particularly White men, is likely a reaction to the shifts in hiring and corporate culture driven by the need for more diversity and equity in high-level positions.
Men and women also offered very different reasons as to why men currently outnumber women in C-Suite business positions:
READ THE WHOLE SURVEY AT INTELLIGENT.COM