Women have made enormous strides in recent decades, as they entered
and rose through the ranks of corporations to attain leadership positions.
Despite these gains, however, and despite the number of women in business
schools, and in lower and middle management positions, the status of
women at the top of corporate America has not increased as expected.
According to the 2006 Census released by Catalyst, a research and advisory
organization that conducts research on women’s career advancement, in
2006 women held just 15.
Sally Aldridge is now in her fourth career as Head of Accreditation at the British
Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), a post she took up in 1999. She
began work as a teacher of African history in Zambia and returned to the UK to train as a
counsellor. Sally then spent a period working as a counsellor and Director of Student
Services at Staffordshire University, and taught counselling skills and counsellor training
courses at the University of Keele. At Staffordshire she set up the University Harassment
and Bullying Network.
The very existence of European savings banks is rooted in the notion of assistance and support
to the poor and the contribution to social progress. Savings banks foundations were indeed
originally created specifically to combat poverty and social exclusion and its direct negative
impacts. Savings banks’ actions in the social field now focus on providing means to encourage
autonomy and initiative, rather than the simple provision of aid.