This year marks a significant milestone for Grant Thornton's Women in Business report to celebrate International Women's Day. It's been 20 years since we first started tracking the percentage of senior management positions held by women at mid-market businesses across the globe. While there has certainly been progress over the past 20 years, this progress has been far too slow.

We believe the agility of the mid-market can help to set a new course and accelerate progress. Insights from our 2024 Women in Business report reveal clear strategies that create the right environment for women to thrive, significantly reducing the time it will take to reach gender parity in the workplace.

While our research allows us to measure progress, it also enables us to understand what needs to change to accelerate it – to identify the business configurations that can drive change and provide actionable steps businesses can take. In this year’s report, we have set out three clear pathways to parity: