Why women shouldn’t sit on boards…

Back in April, I wrote about findings that showed a major gender pay gap issue is still rife in most of our UK companies, with around 78% paying men more than women.

My colleagues and I were disappointed (but not really surprised) to read this.

And now we’re incensed!

Why? Because another survey has disclosed truly shocking revelations as to why women shouldn’t sit on boards. Yes. Really.

The explanations came from FTSE 350 company chairs and chief executives heard by the team behind the government-backed Hampton-Alexander Review.

Here’s the top 10. Be warned, it’s painful and very patronising reading.

  1. ‘I don’t think women fit comfortably into the board environment’
  2. ‘There aren’t that many women with the right credentials and depth of experience to sit on the board – the issues covered are extremely complex’
  3. ‘Most women don’t want the hassle or pressure of sitting on a board’
  4. ‘Shareholders just aren’t interested in the make-up of the board, so why should we be?’
  5. ‘My other board colleagues wouldn’t want to appoint a woman on our board’
  6. ‘All the ‘good’ women have already been snapped up’
  7. ‘We have one woman already on the board, so we are done – it is someone else’s turn’
  8. ‘There aren’t any vacancies at the moment – if there were I would think about appointing a woman’
  9. ‘We need to build the pipeline from the bottom – there just aren’t enough senior women in this sector’
  10. ‘I can’t just appoint a woman because I want to’

If you want to read more, brace yourself, pour a stiff drink, and visit the UK government website.

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