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Women Gain Ground, Respect

Published: January 29, 2014 (Issue # 1795)



  • The percentage of women in senior roles rose from 21 percent in 2012 to 24 percent in 2013.
    Photo: Depositphotos.com / For SPT

Although women occupy 31 percent of managerial positions in Russian companies, ranked 11th in the world according to Oxfords Saïd Business School and significantly higher than in the United States or the United Kingdom, much needs to be done to develop true diversity at management level.

If you look at quantitative data, its actually quite clear that the situation for women in senior positions in Russia is relatively positive, said Katleen de Stobbeleir, a professor in HR Management and Leadership at Vlerick Business School, speaking to The St. Petersburg Times. Certainly, Russia is ahead of the U.S. and most of Europe in terms of women in senior positions.

When I teach executive classes for specific companies in Russia, de Stobbeleir continued, I am always surprised by the high proportion of women in the classroom.

2013 was a milestone year for women in senior positions.

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On a global scale, the percentage of women in senior roles rose from 21 percent in 2012 to 24 percent in 2013 while Korea inaugurated its first female president, said Gayle Peterson, co-director of the newly launched Women Transforming Leadership Programme at Oxfords Saïd Business School, speaking to The St. Petersburg Times.

In 2013, the EU enacted a law requiring a specific number of women in executive positions in companies. Last year the European Commission began voting on a regulation that would require 40 percent of top posts in European Union companies to belong to women. In the U.K., women make up 47 percent of the financial elite, according to CCI-Inform, the commercial and industrial journal of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation.

Research has proved that women improve the efficiency of a company. A report from U.S. consultant firm McKinsey and Co. recently revealed that gender-balanced executive boards earn a 56 percent higher operating profit compared to companies with male-only committees.

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Friday, Aug. 22


Get ready to pledge allegiance to the flag during National Flag Day, paying tribute to when, 23 years ago today, the iconic hammer-and-sickle was replaced with the tricolor that now flutters in the wind. Petersburgers will be treated to a free concert on Palace Square, a military parade and a culminating air show featuring Russias Russian Knights stunt pilots.



Saturday, Aug. 23


Uppsala Park plays host to Fairy Noon today, a performance of five separate fairy tales ranging from folk classics to more haunting selections. There will be three different renditions of the tales throughout the day and tickets start at 500 rubles ($13.80) for adults and 300 rubles ($8.30) for children.


Classic Finnish cartoon characters the Moomins expect to receive a warm welcome from Russian fans during todays Moomin Festival at the Pearl Plaza Shopping Center at 51 Petergofskoye Shosse. Become a kid again or introduce a new generation to the beloved creation of Finnish writer Tove Jansson.



Sunday, Aug. 24


The tortured genius of Dutch master Vincent van Gogh gets his day in the centers Konnushnaya Ploschad during Make Art Like Van Gogh, a daylong celebration of the artist that will allow amateur artists to try and replicate the work that made the famed painter world-renowned.


Experience a variety of dances highlighting the diversity of the world around as at the final day of the Ethno-Dance International Dance Festival that has been at the St. Petersburg Humanitarian University of Trade Unions this past week. Tonights performance will feature Egyptian dancers accompanied by local orchestras.



Monday, Aug. 25


Today kicks off the Elena Obraztsovoy International Competition for Young Vocalists in the large hall of the Shostakovich Philharmonic. Talented youngsters will showcase their range over the next six days before a winner is chosen on Aug. 30.



Tuesday, Aug. 26


Love movies but hate all those words? Then check out Rodina Cinema Centers Factor of Consensus film forum this evening. Silent movie classics from the beginning of the 20th century will be screened and accompanied by a pianist, who will provide the soundtrack for the ongoing action. The screenings begin at 7 p.m. Check Rodinas website for more details.



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