Six leading women in retail have spoken about gender inequality in the workplace and their journeys to the top of the career ladder in a special report published by Lingerie Insight.

In 2016, the retail industry still has a long way to go in narrowing the gender gap, with only 10% of executive boards in the sector being made up of women, according to new report published by Women in Retail.

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In a series of interviews, female executives from the lingerie and ready-to-wear sectors reacted to this finding and explained the paths they’ve taken on their routes to success.

They are: Ann Summers CEO Jacqueline Gold, UK Tights founder and managing director Dawn Barber, Figleaves managing director Fiona Holmes, Rigby & Peller UK management team member Isabel Baert, N Brown Group womenswear buying director Julie Donnelly and House of Fraser chief customer officer Alison Lancaster.

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We also heard from British Retail Consortium director general Helen Dickinson, who said that too few women are climbing the ladder to the top of their companies.

“We know from the findings of the review that 45% of FTSE 100 companies did not meet the minimum target of twenty-five per cent of women in boardrooms by 2015,” she said.

“Simply put, more needs to be done to ensure that the next generation of female business leaders step forward and are able to move further up the career ladder.”

Read the August issue of Lingerie Insight to read the full feature.