The Indian women breaking through the glass ceiling
8 November 2013 Last updated at 18:50 GMT
New research has found the numbers of women in the board room in the UK is creeping up.
Women now account for 19% of board positions in the 100 largest listed companies.
That is still below target levels, and there are only 2 female chief executives.
But one country now making significant inroads, particularly in finance, is India where no fewer than eight major banks are led by women.
Reeta Chakrabarti reports