The Glass Ceiling in Cyprus

The Glass Ceiling in Cyprus


The glass ceiling is an invisible barrier that stops the career progression of women and minorities. The glass ceiling is well documented in the UK.  Many women continue to disappear from the talent pipeline the closer they get to top management.  But is this an issue in other countries,?

Astute Radio’s Sarah Pelham started a conversation about the glass ceiling in Cyprus, with researcher Maria Socratous.*

From a young age Maria noticed differences in the way girls and boys were treated, both at home and in school.  This astute observation sparked a lasting interest in gender equality and why males and females are treated differently.

In her research, Maria interviewed professional women and men from top accounting firms, including Ernst & Young and PriceWaterhouseCoopers, as well as  academics, to explore gender equality in the work place.  The results may surprise you.

Maria shares her insights with Sarah, as they address the questions: What’s the glass ceiling like in Cyprus? What is needed for change? And how are men affected by gender stereotypes?

Have you experienced the glass ceiling in your country?  What changes would you like to see?

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Listen to the conversation here:



* Maria is also a Young Business and Professional Women (BPW) Europe Representative.  The Young BPW Europe is part of the International Federation of Business and Professional Women – an influential international network of business and professional women from over 100 countries in 5 continents with Consultative Status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

To attend the annual Young BPW Europe Symposium is scheduled for 12-14 December, 2014 click here.  Guest speakers include leading women in  business, entrepreneurship and academia.  Astute Radio‘s Sepi Roshan will be speaking about “The Voice of Women”.


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