Women and business leadership: the gender gap at the top

Group: Women and business leadership: the gender gap at the top

Acronym: LEADGAP

Registry number: C18/0720

School/Centre: ECONOMICS


  • Mateos de Cabo, Ruth (Main researcher)
  • Molina López, Manuel
  • Martínez Martínez, Miryam
  • Palomo Zurdo, Ricardo
  • Maldonado Montoya, Juan Pablo
  • Morales de la Vega, María Encina
  • García Villalobos, Juan Carlos
  • González Pérez, Susana
  • Lima Pinilla, Isabel

Research thematic areas:

  • Identification of biases in the appointment of female managers
  • Study of the possible existence of restrictions on access to credit for women entrepreneurs
  • Exploration of the possible existence of post-promotion barriers for women managers
  • Assessment of the impact of political and/or regulatory pressure from EU member States on the number and degree of influence of women on boards

UNESCO Code: 5311


Women Leaders, Equality, Gender Diversity, Inclusion, Discrimination, Women on Boards

Relevant characteristics of the research group (description of the group's activity):

The persistence of a gender gap in corporate leadership positions poses a major socio-economic challenge, as the under-utilisation of the skills of highly qualified women constitutes a potential loss of economic growth that harms the economy.

Managerial positions in the management bodies of organisations can be seen as a labour market for highly qualified people and therefore the observed gender imbalance can be explained by using theories that relate to the demand and supply sides of the managerial market. The aim of this project is to study the gender gap in corporate leadership positions, analysing the main barriers and obstacles (glass ceiling) faced by the growing number of highly qualified women on their way to high positions of responsibility. It also aims to analyse the effectiveness of specific instruments and actions carried out by States and companies to promote the representation of women in leadership positions.

In terms of expected results, the conclusions of the research will be disseminated through articles in high impact scientific journals, contributions to conferences, organisation of workshops, and disseminated through the media. All of this will serve to help policy makers and business leaders to design policies that promote womens' careers and prevent discrimination and inequality in societies.

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