Polish women have made great strides in business circles during recent years and are to be found in just about all walks of commerce and industry.
At the same time, it would be fair to say that most senior positions in Polish industry are taken by men – as would also be the case in Germany or France.
Therefore, the conclusion is that although there is no overt gender bias in Poland, the country still has a long way to go to achieve the type of gender equality to be found in countries such as Sweden. As time passes, this situation should improve.
Visiting business women should encounter little or no gender bias and will be judged on their professional abilities.
Do not be surprised if males Polish business contacts show a degree of ‘chivalry’ towards female colleagues which may have been lost in certain other countries – opening doors for women, helping them to a seat etc.
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