Asia's women bankers making inroads

Chinese girl power and bank efforts to attract and retain a more diverse staff and leadership are slowly narrowing the gender gap in Asia.

When Kathy Matsui started working at the Tokyo office of Goldman Sachs in 1994 she used to joke “I started out with three strikes against me young, foreign and female.” Her rivals were overwhelmingly middle-aged Japanese males at large domestic brokerage firms.

Matsui, who became the first female partner at the New York firm in Japan during 2000, said the male-dominated world of business is slowly changing as the government pushes companies to hit diversity targets as part of its efforts to spur economic growth. Similar moves are afoot across the region from Malaysia to Hong Kong.

There is much to be done.

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