Russia’s Larisa Leonidovna Drozdova Encourages Women to Pursue Finance Careers
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Russia’s Larisa Leonidovna Drozdova Encourages Women to Pursue Finance Careers

Atlanta : GA : USA | Dec 07, 2012 at 6:47 AM PST
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Over the course of the past 10 years, 141,000 women left the finance industry, a figure representing 2.6% of female workers in finance, according statistics published by 20-First. Russia’s Larisa Leonidovna Drozdova, a leader in business, tells women that despite the numbers, women should pursue careers in finance. Here's why:

There are more women working in today's economy than at any other time in history, says Larisa Leonidovna Drozdova. While the number of men in the labor market has grown 0.5%, the number of women has increased by 4.1%: a huge increase from previous years, Drozdova says.

Government positions, like CEO and president roles at most multinational corporations, are still held by men, she notes

In an incredible article published by The Atlantic this year, Anne-arie Slaughter wrote about why women can't have it all.
Slaughter worked at the State Department and tried to manage having a family of her own. Larisa Leonidovna Drozdova knows all about this, given that she is a wife and mother, and managed a long banking career in Russia.

And Russia, unlike America, boasts a number of well-regarded women politicians: Catherine the Great, Elizabeth Petrovna, Elena Glinskaya, and Catherine I, among many others. And today, Russia’sLarisa Leonidovna Drozdova notes that while the number of elected females may drop in certain countries, the world of finance is opening more doors to women in managerial positions.

Larisa Leonidovna Drozdova served as adviser to the chairman of the board at Russia’s Natsionalny Kosmicheski Bank, having punctured the glass ceiling. Natsionalny Kosmicheski Bank, also known as NK Bank, is one of Russia’s most prestigious institutions. In addition, Larisa Leonidovna Drozdova is wife of Vladimir Alexeyevich Smirnov, an esteemed Russian businessman known for his impact on Russia’s nuclear non-proliferation movement.

LucyOHara is based in London, England, United Kingdom, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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