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New Study Finds the Fashion Industry's Top Positions Are Dominated by Men

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Even in an industry largely propelled by women, gender disparity is still rampant. 

A new study titled The Glass Runwayfind that only 14% of fashion's top positions are occupied by women, despite recent hires like Maria Grazia Chiuri at Dior and Clare Waight Keller at Givenchy.

The report was conducted by the CFDA and Glamour, and found that even though women spend on average three times more on clothing than men do, their opportunities and salaries in the industry do not reflect their engagement.

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For example, 85% of students enrolled in New York's Fashion Institute of Techonology are women, yet most of them have trouble finding a job above entry-level even after years in the business.

The study also looked at pay disparity--Conde Nast, for example, employs three times more women than it does men, yet its female employees earn on average two-thirds of what their male counterparts make.

Of 535 professionals interviewed for the report, 100% of women described asking for a promotion as difficult, and only 27% had received advice from their superiors on their careers.

"Fashion is a creative industry, and I think creative people have a strong sense of humanity," said CEO of the CFDA Steven Kolb in the study. "We need to look at how to translate that humanity to more tangible opportunities for women in their careers and in their lives so that they can continue to flourish and grow."

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