In the West, promoting women to management posts has become commonplace. In France, for example, the law requires that women comprise 40% of company boards. So how does Asia stack up?
In a survey conducted by the International Labor Organization covering 108 countries and regions, the Philippines came in an impressive fourth, with women accounting for 48% of all managers. Supporting the country's strong showing is a high level of gender equality, which is reflected in the relatively high levels of education among women there. That has broadened the field of female employees considered suitable for management positions.