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Too Few Women in Top Posts in the Big Banks and Insurance Companies


  • Elke Holst
  • Anne-Katrin Stahn


The share of women on the supervisory boards (Aufsichts- und Verwaltungsräte) of the big banks, savings banks and insurance companies in Germany is low. In the banking sector it is 15% and in insurance 11%. That women are to be found on most supervisory or administrative boards is mainly because they are worker´s representation delegates. Posts on management boards (Vorstände) in the big insurance companies and banks, on the other hand, are, like those in the other big companies, firmly in male hands. Only 2.5% are occupied by women. So there is a huge gap between the high share of women employed in the financial sector as a whole (54%) and their presence on the top decision-making bodies.

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  • Elke Holst & Anne-Katrin Stahn, 2007. "Too Few Women in Top Posts in the Big Banks and Insurance Companies," Weekly Report, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research, vol. 3(7), pages 39-41.
  • Handle: RePEc:diw:diwwrp:wr3-7

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    Women; finance; supervisory boards;

    JEL classification:

    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
    • J4 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets
    • J5 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining


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