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Still an Uphill Battle
CNBC.com | October 10, 2011 | 11:31 AM EDT

Women may be happy about the strides they’ve made in corporate America, but they’re hardly satisfied.

“The corporate landscape is changing for the best, but the numbers remain stagnant,” says Charlotte Laurent-Ottomane, president of ION , a consortium of 14 regional organizations advancing women in business.

“It’s true women are increasingly becoming fixtures in corporate America, in higher-ranking positions,” says Sheryl Skaggs, a sociology professor at the University of Texas-Dallas.

“It’s fantastic, but to say it's enough is missing the boat,” adds Skaggs, who landed a National Science Foundation grant this year to study so-called “glass ceiling” issues that continue to stifle gender equality in the workplace.

The progress of working women through the ranks to the tops of companies is stalled, says Deborah Soon, a senior vice president at the Catalyst Foundation, a nonprofit group that researches gender-equality issues.

As evidence, Soon cited Catalyst research findings :

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