Myth of glass ceiling, by Dragon’s Den star

My thanks to Lavinia for pointing me towards an article in today’s Daily Mail.


Dragon’s Den star Hilary Devey has spoken out against the idea of a glass ceiling, claiming it is a ‘myth’ and an ‘excuse’ for women’s own failings in the business world.

Despite admitting she struggled to balance her own work and family life, the 55-year-old, who is worth £50million, said she is ‘living proof’ women can rise to the top in the workplace. Breaking ranks with her peers, she told the Radio Times: ‘There are lots of myths about why women are under-represented in the boardroom, but the excuse about a ‘glass ceiling’ is the worst. I am living proof there’s no such thing.’

The daughter of a pub landlord founded Pall-Ex 16 years ago, a haulage firm which now has a £100million turnover. She joined BBC 2’s business show last year for two series. The mother-of-one conceded women ‘still have to sacrifice more than their male counterparts’, but said: ‘The sooner we stop complaining about our biological differences and get down to work, the sooner more women will rise to the top.’

Good points, Hilary, and well made.

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