San Diego (Sept. 26, 2003) -- In spite of improvements, women still lag well behind men when it comes to advancing within the accounting profession, the author of a book on women's advancement in the profession told 300 women accountants gathered here.

While women are entering the profession in record numbers, they represent less than 14 percent of partners/shareholders at public accounting firms, and the number of women at senior levels is still low, Nancy Baldiga, associate accounting professor at College of the Holy Cross and author of "Promoting Your Talent: A Guidebook for Women and their Firms," told attendees at the 63rd annual conference of the American Society of Women Accountants.

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