In 2004, the International Labour Office released a 71-page document called “Breaking the Glass Ceiling.” It carried the subtitle “Women in Management” and concluded that, in fact, there weren’t very many women who fit that description. “The rule of thumb is still: the higher up an organization’s hierarchy, the fewer the women,” the report asserted. But most of the data in that report came from the for-profit sector. So a team of researchers decided to find out if the persistence of gender inequ…

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