NEW YORK: A global survey of 3,000 organizations that studied women’s advancement produced gloomier-than-expected results.Bevin Maguire, VP pf clients, markets and industry communications at IBM, painted a complicated picture while sharing findings from the Women, Leadership and the Priority Paradox report at PRWeek’s Hall of Femme event in New York.

“There really is this doubt that advancing women will actually result in financial returns,” Maguire said, about the barriers facing women.

Rita Kakati Shah, CEO and founder, UMA shared “Harvard Business Review recently did a survey [that found] if you had taken a career break and you probably went on maternity leave, you’re 50% less likely to get an interview because you’re a mother rather than if you were fired. That is the unfortunate reality.”

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