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Accountant Elaine Clark has launched a Women in Accountancy group and is asking fellow female professionals to provide their input into a survey about their experiences in accountancy.
She wants to know if you have experienced sexist or misogynistic behaviour, and whether the professional bodies portray and support gender equality.
Initial results seem to point to a problem and women are not being treated the same as men in the industry. Some 40% of respondents so far have experienced sexual harassment at work. And just one respondent thinks the professional bodies are doing enough. That said, Clark emphasised most still believe accountancy is a good career for women.
You can access the survey via http://womeninaccountancy.com/women-in-accountancy-survey/
Clark said she won’t be chaining herself to any lampposts outside Chartered Accountant’s Hall just yet, but felt it is time that gender equality in the profession was the norm. She explained: “It’s time for misogynistic behaviour to be outed for exactly what it is; a form of bullying. I’ve experienced it throughout my career and continue to have to put up with it on social media where people can hide behind a virtual network platform.”
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