The Choices We Make, a recent study conducted by Deloitte & Touche LLP, suggests significant differences in what men and women consider when climbing the ladder to success. The survey, which queried 200 senior-level executives in the Seattle area, is part of Deloitte & Touche's ongoing Top Rung initiative.
The survey found that family considerations influence the career goals of women more than men. Approximately 18% of the women surveyed had turned down a promotion for family reasons, while only 8% of men had done so. The study also found that more than 35% of the women surveyed have relocated to accommodate a spouse's career, compared with 3% of men. However, none of the women surveyed who are currently at the "top rung" turned down a promotion for family reasons. In addition to less family influence, the median salary for men at the top position is almost twice of that for women ($181,667 to $92,045). And men at the top are three times more likely than women in similar positions to sit on the company's board of directors.