Getting Young Women into the Accounting Industry

Most people view the accounting profession as a male-dominated industry. While this may have been true in the past, women are beginning to emerge as leaders in their respective accounting firms all over the world.

However, in an article from Accounting Web, Dana Trexler Smith says that despite the number of women entering the accounting industry, women are still facing an uphill battle. She writes, “According to a report by the Center for American Progress, in the financial services industry, women represent more than 54 percent of the labor force, yet only 12.4 percent are executive officers and 18.3 percent are on the board of directors”.

In this article, Trexler Smith discussed how we can attract women to leadership positions in the accounting industry:

  • The value of a strong mentor
  • Understanding and embracing different leadership styles
  • Addressing women’s concerns head-on

Although the industry has been male dominanted in the past, there is no reason women should not be assuming leadership positions. Trexler Smith writes, “We have been lucky enough to have mentors who have guided us throughout our careers, and now it is our turn to pay it forward”.

To read more, see the full article from Dana Trexler Smith in Accounting Web.