March 8 marks International Women's Day, a time designated to honor women for their political and social achievements.
But when it comes to the business world, there's a strong feeling that American women have not come far enough on issues like equal pay—and on having a seat in corporate boardrooms.
"The challenges of 20 years ago for women are still with us," said Susan Nethero, managing director of Golden Seeds Investment, a firm dedicated to female-owned and -managed businesses. "There's been some improvement, but it's not really gotten any easier for women to be successful at high levels in business."
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Nethero spent 20 years in corporate America working in management positions for companies like Xerox, and Dow Chemical as well as starting and working as CEO of her own retail firm. She said women still don't feel part of a business culture still dominated by men.
That culture, said Margery Kraus, founder and CEO of APCO Worldwide, a consulting firm, creates a kind of exclusion against women.
"We face discrimination at all levels, like trying to raise money for a business," said the 67-year-old Kraus, who is chairman of the board of the Women Presidents' Organization, a group dedicated to helping women entrepreneurs. "There's a presumption that women can't do certain things in business and that's just wrong."