Nearly three-quarters (74%) of women in the early stages of their career globally aspire to reach the senior/executive ranks of their organization. Ambition wanes at the senior manager level and above, dropping from 72% to 57% as reality sets in for advancement to the top. Ambition is higher in developing economies such as Brazil (92%), China (88%) and India (82%), and lower in the U.S. (62%), Australia (61%), Germany (58%) and the UK (56%).
Parents are credited with having the greatest influence on careers globally, ranking in the top three across all countries. The roles of husband and father tie for third-greatest influences globally, highlighting the importance of positive male support. The only country to rank a professional influence in their top five was China, listing peers/co-workers as the fifth greatest influence.
Overall, women in employment are most likely to accept a higher starting salary with undefined growth opportunities, rather than a lower starting salary and a clear career trajectory if they left their current position (46% vs 38%). China and Brazil are the only countries to choose a lower starting salary and a clear career trajectory over a higher starting salary with undefined growth opportunities if they left their current position.