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How Office Culture Can Crush Women’s Ambitions

Women often report less interest in senior roles. But that may be because of how they're treated, not a lack of motivation.
Source: Toru Hanai / Reuters

Researchers have long been looking for solutions to what could be called the ambition gap. That’s the nagging discrepancy which often shows up in polling, where women express less interest in becoming senior executives than their male counterparts. It’s a frustrating dilemma, and one without simple answers.

Encouragingly, companies are starting to investigate the problem and what can be done about it. But at least part of the problem, it seems, is companies themselves.

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