Why are there so few women at the top of the retail industry?

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Why are there so few women at the top of the retail industry?
22nd October 2014

Confidence and family choices are among the reasons why there are fewer women at the top of the retail industry.

That’s according to a woman who has been dubbed as the ‘voice of the UK high street’.

Helen Dickinson said despite the majority of shoppers and shopping choices been made by women, there are disproportionally less females heading up the retail industry. 

The Director General of the British Retail Consortium said a number of factors are to blame. 

“One factor is flexibility of arrangements and how that fits with career choices that women make at different points in their lives, about whether they may or may not want to have a family,” Helen, who is a former partner at KPMG, Headline London. 

“I also think there is a question for us as women about how confident we are, who our role models are, who those people are that we aspire to, that gives us the confidence and support in order to progress.

Helen Dickinson is championing women in the retail industry as part of the Specsavers everywoman in Retail Ambassador Programme, which celebrates the best female talent working in retail today and encourages more women to explore the career options in the industry. 

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