Sep 7, 2007

No room for a women’s agenda on mahogany row

The corporate board woman is a rare animal indeed – and only accepted if some other board has tried her out and she has not been found wanting.

I was once invited to a meeting of well-heeled women at a theatre company headquarters in Melbourne. The invitation came from the chairperson of the theatre company board, a woman who figures prominently among the very few anointed to corporate boards in Australia.

As with the corporate careers of these few, her star has risen and risen, shone and shone. At the moment it is somewhat tarnished although not so greatly as the woman who headed a company board notorious for its callous approach to the woes of workers who contracted mortal illness from working in the company’s operations.

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