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Despite a strong gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate of approximately 7 percent and a projected shortage of skilled labor of more than 5 million people by 2012 to sustain this growth, India Inc. continues to underutilize its female talent pool.

In Leadership Gender Gap in India Inc.: Myths and Realities, the first in Catalyst's Advancing Women in India series, we focus on building awareness and offering action steps for developing and advancing women in corporate India. Based on data from women and men leaders working in multinational companies in India, Europe, and the United States, the report offers insights into:

  • The business case for gender diversity in corporate India,

  • The regional and gender differences regarding barriers to advancement and work-life emphasis,

  • And considerations for developing and/or strengthening a strategic framework to create effective policies that foster inclusion.

Research Partners: American Express CompanyBMO Financial GroupDeloitte LLPErnst & Young LLPGoogleIBM CorporationMcDonald's CorporationUPS