Women underrepresented in mortgage industry?

Women underrepresented in mortgage industry?

Women underrepresented in mortgage industry? More than half of poll participants in a recent BMO Wealth Management survey believe women face a ‘glass ceiling’ in the financial services industry and one broker believes the same applies to mortgage brokers.

“I think women are underrepresented in the higher levels (though) we do have many women in the mortgage industry who are doing very, very well,” Deb White, owner of Dominion Lending Centres White House Mortgages told MortgageBrokerNews.ca. “I do agree (that financial services needs more women); the reason being that, ironically, when my clients come to me they feel very comfortable that it’s a woman speaking to them because it’s like the mom figure.”

However, the BMO study found that 83 per cent of Canadians feel women are treated more equitably than in the past 20 years. Despite this, 66 per cent say men still have more career opportunities in financial services and 85 per cent feel the financial services industry should do more to promote a more healthy work/life balance for women.

"While our industry has definitely become more aware of some of the challenges female employees face and continues to address them, the job is by no means done," Charyl Galpin, co-head, BMO Nesbitt Burns said of the study. "It's incumbent on both men and women to 'be the change' on a daily basis. Having HR policies which make it easier for women to pursue a career in financial services is an important step, but we all have a role to play in ensuring that gender equity is the norm in all workplaces."

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11 Comments
  • Lance 2014-03-10 11:50:40 AM
    Don't even get me started!!!
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  • Kaern Deis 2014-03-10 12:06:44 PM
    That's one of the reasons we have a group called www.MortgageGirlfriends.com
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  • Kevin 2014-03-10 1:23:28 PM
    During my long career in financing I have came across many women in the financial industry. There are many in senior positions and career oriented. The majority of the others especially in mortgage brokering enter the industry ill prepared as to what the industry requires. Many choose the financial industry as a part time job. It is like any other industry, you get back what you put in. I personally think a woman has an equal chance if they want to make it a career.
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