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Mar 9, 2011

Women in business: board quotas not the only answer

There should be more women on boards, says Crikey publisher and CEO Amanda Gome. But only when there's more support for women entrepreneurs.

Gee. Mention board quotas and the army of men who prefer to maintain the status quo start squealing. The spluttering rage expressed in the comments section following the Governor-General’s comments that Australia may need quotas to force more women onto boards reminds one of the outrage expressed by any ruling class sniffing the unpleasant winds of change.

But why all this focus on boards? Sure. Introduce quotas. Name and shame boards that have no female representatives. There is no question in my mind that many boards would be far better off with half of the directors being female. And as I have said before, some current male directors should be encouraged to take to the golf course sooner rather than later.

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3 thoughts on “Women in business: board quotas not the only answer

  1. mikeb

    So how do we get more entrepreneurial woman starting and building businesses? Presumably you are not advocating quotas on that, & if you are, how would it work? It seems to me that most of the “squealing” and “spluttering” is emanating from contributors outside of the comments section.

  2. MLF

    So, two women on the board and loads in the office – and still we get stories that perpetuate and reinforce the myth that women must be valued by economic and career status instead of valued by the choices she makes, which incidentally might be raising well-grounded, socially responsible children who see there should be more to life than a big fat paycheck.

  3. Deborah

    “…which incidentally might be raising well-grounded, socially responsible children who see there should be more to life than a big fat paycheck…”

    That’s the world we are living in, this wonderful neoliberal, free market rules all, which has been created by men (and their female conspirators). How come socially responsible children are the responsibility of women alone, what are the men doing to contribute? I hope more than just bringing in a big fat paycheck? But speaking of paychecks, female dominated occupations/industry should have the same big fat paychecks that male dominated industry has. Australia is riding economically high on the back of half of it’s working population being undervalued and underpaid!

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