Workplace bias is hindering the success of women in the workplace, leading to less women in senior roles.
LISTEN: Rachel Smalley talks to General Manager at GlaxoSmithKline NZ and board member of Global Women NZ, Anna Stove, about practical tips on how we can fight the gender bias.
Grant Thornton research shows women make up 20 percent of senior mangement roles in New Zealand.
The number sees the country come 28th out of the 36 countries surveyed.
New Zealand Partner Stacey Davies said workplace bias stops women from seeking top jobs.
She said men often applied for roles that "they're not necessarily fully qualified for" while women do not.
"Women tend to downplay their success to others."
Research shows women hold a quarter of senior roles globally.
Ms Davies said Kiwi workplaces need to to step up.
"Companies need to avoid complacency and I think they must continue to speak up for diversity throughout the firm and the organisation.
"They need to reject any suggestion that the issue has been dealt with."