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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