[T]oday, in predictable evidence of the power of the patriarchy, Glass Runway, a new study conduced by the CFDA and Glamour, has found that men continue to dominate the most high profile jobs in the industry.
Just 14% of brands have a female executive. That is despite women spending more than three times the amount that men spend on clothes (says global market research company NPD) and enrolling in fashion courses at a far high rate than men (as Dazed points out, 85% of students at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology are female).
The report adds that women within the industry feel that they are unable or unlikely to progress from entry level jobs, especially after having children. 100% of 535 women asked said they felt uncomfortable asking for a promotion, while 30% of women said they felt that having children would cause their employers to deem them ineligible for top positions.
The industry, which in recent seasons has preached messages of female empowerment that have ranged from runway flash mobs to slogan t-shirts and campaigns, is clearly still lacking in equality where it truly matters.