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.
China ranked 85th, at 17%. Although women account for 51% of people in senior management positions in China, the percentage of those in junior management posts has largely held flat. Meanwhile, Japan and South Korea came in at 96th and 97th, respectively. Among the barriers to management positions for women in Asia, the ILO cited such factors as housework, male-oriented corporate cultures and a lack of female role models.