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DO MEN HAVE BRIGHTER CHANCES FOR ADVANCEMENT?

 DOUGLASSVILLE, Pa., June 28 /PRNewswire/ -- If it's true that many professional women feel they look up at a "glass ceiling" as they attempt to climb the corporate ladder, maybe they should also be looking down at their feet.
 According to a recent survey conducted for Kiwi Brands, professional and white collar men polish their shoes more than twice as often as their female counterparts. And, in the opinion of personnel professionals, that lack of polish may be hurting female executives' chances for advancement.
 On the average, the survey's male repondents had their shoes polished 30 times a year. The women, however, only averaged 14 shines every 12 months.
 That's significant in light of a previous Kiwi Brands study, wherein human resources professionals were asked about the importance of good grooming in obtaining senior executive positions.
 All the experts polled viewed polished shoes an an important part of good grooming, with nine out of 10 saying it was an important part of becoming a senior executive.
 "You have to wonder if career women are missing out on opportunities to shine," said Kiwi Brands Group Product Manager Amy MacMillan.
 The two studies were conducted by New York-based Audits & Surveys as part of an ongoing look at good grooming and shoe care by Kiwi Brands.
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 /CONTACT: John Shiffert of Shaeffer & Associates, 215-546-1660, for Kiwi Brands/


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