Women still face too many potential hurdles blocking their route to careers in some industries and, as a result, some end up in roles which do not take full advantage of their abilities, it has been claimed.

Global Marathon Europe regional leader Teresa Schofield suggested that not enough had been done to promote the technology and science sectors as practical options for female job hunters, with less “scholarly” applicants deterred.

“Too many women end up in public sector organisations, where working mothers have had more success advancing their careers,” she commented. “Discrimination is an issue no matter what claims are made about diversity.”

Ms Schofield insisted that adjusting the balance between the genders was essential if women were to ever gain a foothold across a wider variety of industries, but admitted the process would take time.

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Posted by Ross George