Yesterday I read through an undergraduate dissertation on whether a glass ceiling exists preventing women from reaching the top in UK PR consultancies. Today I received a questionnaire from a University of Westminster masters student (Reena Ruhomah) asking similar questions.
Both students appear to start from the assumption that there is a glass ceiling, though my undergraduate student’s primary research tended to disprove the thesis.
Taking a historical view, public relations in the UK has been something of a boys’ club (as Jacquie L’Etang argues in her recent book). But PR students and junior PR practioners today are overwhelmingly female. Is it simply a matter of time before women are more fully represented at the top, or is there some form of glass ceiling in operation? Why do bosses still tend to be male and why (to throw in a separate question) are most PR bloggers in the list on the right male?