Ten Worse Excuses for Not Hiring a Women Director




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Ten Worse Excuses for Not Hiring a Women Director


 

The number of women on boards has improved over the last 50 years BUT it is still not at the level that is representative of the population or more importantly the profile of the customers that most organises serve.  The excuses given for why there are not more women on any given FTSE board are many, and in most cases sound like the 1960's versus almost 2020.  In a recent BBC article, a list of the ten worse excuses was published.  These included: -

 

 


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  • "I don't think women fit comfortably into the board environment"


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  • "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"


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  • "Most women don't want the hassle or pressure of sitting on a board"


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  • "Shareholders just aren't interested in the make-up of the board, so why should we be?"


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  • "My other board colleagues wouldn't want to appoint a woman on our board"


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  • "All the 'good' women have already been snapped up"


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  • "We have one woman already on the board, so we are done - it is someone else's turn"


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  • "There aren't any vacancies at the moment - if there were I would think about appointing a woman"


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  • "We need to build the pipeline from the bottom - there just aren't enough senior women in this sector"


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  • "I can't just appoint a woman because I want to"


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The full article is definitely worth a read.

 

 

Comments by Mary Sue Rogers


 

 

Posted on : 2018/09/06





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