Stephanie Bschorr knew what she wanted — and went out and got it.
A lawyer and accountant with three degrees, Ms. Bschorr has a career in international tax law and a family, including sons aged 14 and 17.
But unfortunately in Germany, Ms. Bschorr is an exception. According to new studies, German women are well represented in public forums such as the Bundestag. But in the workplace, they are frequently rare, and get even rarer, the higher up the corporate ladder.
Ms. Bschorr, like many, had to leave the traditional corporate path in Germany to make her dreams come true.
“You just felt that having kids while climbing the corporate ladder was not going to happen,” Ms. Bschorr, 48, told Handelsblatt Global Edition. “There were no arrangements in place for part-time work, for example.”
Instead of staying at her big accounting firm, she became an entrepreneur and bought shares in HTG, a mid-sized auditing and accounting firm in Berlin. She is now a member of its management board.
“I just knew otherwise I couldn’t be as successful,” she said.
When it comes to women, Germany is a study in contrasts. The country’s chancellor for the last 10 years, Angela Merkel, is one of the most powerful political leaders in Europe, if not the most influential.