Friday, September 5, 2008

Illinois CPA Society Annual Survey on Women in Accounting: Underrepresentation Continues at the Highest Ranks

CHICAGO, May 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 6th yearly Illinois
CPA Society Women's Executive Committee study on Women in Accounting
indicates there's calm work to be done in getting women CPAs to the
highest ranks of their firms. Findings of the survey, released at the Society's Women's Leadership
Breakfast on May 16, show the figure of work force goes on to far outweigh the
number of women in partner/principal positions, with work force holding 82.8
percent of these leading places compared to 17.2 percentage held by
women. However, there are little marks of improvement. The figure of women in
firm-wide leadership roles, house or business office managing spouses and executive
management, rose to 17 percentage after remaining in the 10 to 13 percent
range for the past five years. "The adjacent coevals of leadership will come up from the ranks of recent
accounting alumni in which women outnumber men," said Elaine Weiss,
president and chief executive officer of the Prairie State certified public accountant Society. "What the determinations state is
that more than widespread execution of programmes for women is needed if the
profession desires to better these Numbers and set up for the future." The survey, which is distributed to 84 populace accounting houses in
Illinois with 15 or more than professionals, tracks the per centum of women at
different degrees of the organisation -- partner/principal, senior
manager/manager, and senior staff. It also estimates the effectivity of
initiatives and programmes targeted to women with determinations based on responses
from individual women and the firms. Flexible work arrangements, mentoring programs, household leave of absence policies
and paid clip off were ranked as the most effectual initiatives. Other
initiatives -- child-care assistance, women-specific mentoring programs,
programs to develop women as spouses on high-profile clients, and
part-time partner path -- were only in topographic point at 27 to 33 percentage of the
firms surveyed. Part-time partner path goes on to be the most
sought-after enterprise among the women surveyed. Copies of the complete study consequences are available by contacting Judi
Kulm at 312-993-0407, extension 251 or . About the Prairie State certified public accountant Society The Prairie State certified public accountant Society, founded in 1903, is the 5th biggest state
CPA society in the nation, with approximately 24,000 members. It is the
premier professional person organisation that stands for CPAs in Illinois. During
its complete 100 old age of existence, the Society have advanced the highest
ethical and fiscal criteria of the profession, and have been a leader in
educating the public on fiscal issues.

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