It seems there’s a lot more conversation these days about the number of women on company boards.. or rather, the lack of them. I noticed three different stories about it today.
The London financial newspaper CityAM told how a committee of the the UK parliamentary House of Lords heard views from campaigners on the issue, who oppose quotas. “Women would rather get there through merit” said Lord Davies of Abersoch… that’s Peter Davies in case you were wondering. Meanwhile freelance writer and editor Charlotte Otter took the opposite side of the argument in her blog post Are quotas really so bad? “Men have had a quota system in place for 2,000 years” she wrote.
Is the public discussion of this issue, locked or is it making any progress I wondered.
Well one interesting data-point came in today’s announcement that COO Sheryl Sandberg has been appointed to the board of Facebook. This move came after campaigning by various groups including “Face It” in recent months, and even a public demonstration about the issue outside the company’s offices. However we might never know if it was the lobbying that made the difference.
If this trend is real and it does take hold, perhaps it will increase career opportunities for the one in eight CIOs who are female.
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