March 8th was the Day of the Working Woman. It is a day that calls for mobilizations with great numbers of participation. Taking advantage of the media attention generated on March 8th, various studies have been published that analyze the situation of women in the field of innovation and their role in the company.
A study of the Observatory 'Women, Science, Innovation' (OMCI), the first of its kind that analyzes this data, shows that the situation of the woman in the world of innovation is not different than any other professional sector. The study concludes that there is a bias between men and women and a glass roof that raises depending on the responsibility of the position within the company.
The study shows that, although women are sufficiently prepared to acquire prominence in the sector of innovation (because the education level of women is slightly higher than that of men), the presence of jobs in the technology sector is only 26%. In management positions in the sector of the innovation, the percentage is 30% and 14% when referring to innovative SMEs.
Only in investigation is feminine leadership in Spain is higher than the European average. These figures are significant and hopeful, but when projects move to the corporate world for commercialization, the presence of women falls to 10%.
According to the secretary of state of Universities and R+D+i, Ángeles Heras, it is important to have this data available to have indicators that reflect the situation of women and therefore be able to take measures to fight inequality.
On the other hand, a study carried out by the consultant Rocío Lorenzo indicates that the most innovative companies in Europe are those whose board of directors is made up of at least 20% women. However, in Germany only 30% of companies have at least one woman on the board.
Spain is one of the countries of the European Union where it is more difficult for women to reach managerial positions. For example, the percentage of women in management positions of the companies that make up the IBEX 35 was, in 2016, only 13%.