Broadside: Why Don't More Women Reach Top of Ladder?

(NECN) - One of America's top executive women is spotlighting the question of why Corporate America hasn't been more open to the rise of women as managers and CEOs.

Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, wrote "Lean in: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead."

This week, Condolleeza Rice and Girl Scouts USA CEO Anna Maria Chavez, joined Sandberg's campaign to ban the word "bossy," Because it stigmatizes women who lead.

Wednesday, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick launched an initiative to do something about the problem. The Patrick administration will fund graduate fellowships to place women in state managerial jobs at full salary.

The fellowship is being developed with Bentley University and its Center for Women in Business. That organization's director, Betsy Myers, was the senior adviser to President Obama's campaign in 2007 and President Clinton's senior adviser on women's issues.

Myers and former Massachusetts State Rep. and current Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Rachel Kaprielian join Jim Braude on Broadside to discuss women's roles in government and business.

"It's about 13 percent of women on boards," said Kaprielian. "It's not nearly keeping pace with the number of women out in the workplace, and we're just not seeing that pipeline, we're not seeing that career ladder."

"What's really interesting is that in most companies, about 50 percent of middle management is women," said Myers. "And then there's this dropoff between middle management and senior management."

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