The results of the study are alarming, but also show that something is happening: the attractiveness of the financial sector for young women is still in the basement. This is demonstrated by the low rate of female applicants, at 26% of all applicants in the fund industry. However, the women who ultimately apply are hired with disproportionate frequency - another result of the study. At 42%, the proportion of women among those entering the profession is relatively high in relation to the number of applicants.

This and also the other results of the study "Gender Diversity in the Asset Management Industry", which Fondsfrauen conducted together with KPMG and the University of Mannheim now for the 3rd time, were presented at the digital lunch talk on November 24.

The speakers were:

  • Dr. Alexandra Niessen-Ruenzi, Universität Mannheim
  • Maike Madagua, KPMG
  • Anne Connelly, Fondsfrauen

After Prof. Niessen-Ruenzi had presented the study results, Maike Madagua explained that there are slight developments on the market, but they are still very hesitant.

To ensure that the class goal of a diversely built workforce is achieved, Anne Connelly points to the list of demands that the Fondsfrauen have compiled. She mentions the important three things:

  • Gender diversity must be a board issue in order to make a clear and visible commitment internally and externally.
  • Companies must set themselves clear and measurable gender diversity goals. Only those who know the goal can achieve it.
  • Transparency: Companies should publish the status of their own gender diversity measures and the progress made.

The three speakers agreed that it is worthwhile to continue to follow the development and to accompany it positively - only then will see a real change!

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