Empowering all Women, in Space and on Earth

White Paper: Women in the C-Suite

Women in the C-Suite

Given the exponential growth forecasted in the space industry driven by the expansion in satellite constellations, small satellites start-ups, moon exploration, space mining [etc.], our WIA working group was curious to know why there were still so few women sitting in the C-Suite in the European Space sector.

The underrepresentation of women at senior levels has been a topic of work in HR departments for the past 20 years. We wanted to know what is really happening and what is standing in the way of greater progress, like the impact of the ‚Äúleaky pipeline‚ÄĚ and the persistent biases that slow progress down and consume so much of our energy.

To move forward, we agreed that the best strategy was a systemic approach at all levels.

Based on insights gained from latest research and interviews with top leaders, we explore how governments can contribute to accelerating this progress. We also discuss six strategies for organisations that want to develop and retain their top female talent, and we share seven ways that women can set themselves up for success as they rise up the ranks.


The White Paper “Visibility Of Female STEM Experts In Media and Public Debates” contains recommendations on further initiatives to be implemented by a WIA-Europe Working Group. All WIA-Europe members are invited to join the Working Groups and contribute with their experience and expertise.

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Silvia Bianchi / Anne-Laure Bonnier / Véronique Glaude / Gabriella Goddard / Shima Suresh


Women in the C-Suite White Paper


  • What are the four key obstacles that inhibit more women from rising to the top?
  • Why do businesses experience difficulties retaining female staff?
  • What are the six main strategies for the key stakeholders to future-proof the pipeline to the C-Suite?
  • Which seven actions can women take to set themselves up for success?

Working Group 1: STEM Education in Europe

This White Paper gives a concise summary of the main issues, transverse across European countries, focussing on early inspiration, retention of young women, the contribution and influence of peers/family, the perception of women in STEM careers, and the importance of European coordination.

Working Group 2: Skills Gap in the Aerospace Sector

This White Paper gives an overview of sector trends and specific needs, and proposes a set of actions based on the analysis of available reports and studies carried out in Europe and beyond. It contains country-specific information and recommendations for implementation at different points in the career profile.

Working Group 4: Visibility of Female Talent

The acknowledgement of women as highly skilled professionals and experts, especially in traditionally male-dominated sectors, heavily depends on how they are being presented across all forms of media as well as at relevant public and professional events. Which best practices can help to accelerate the process?

Working Group 5: Smart Working

As workers are now beginning to transition back into the office, there is a shift towards adopting remote working policies in combination with the traditional working model full time to create a new way of smart working. The White Paper contains the results of this survey and provides  insights on best practises to implement smart working going forward and the challenges associated with it.


The current Working Groups have finalised their work, but if you would like to contribute with your expertise in future, we would love to hear from you. The next WIA-Europe working groups will be formed soon.

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