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Women’s Representation In UK Boardrooms Flatlines – Study

November 29, 2009: 03:36 PM EST
The latest Female FTSE Board report from Cranfield School of Management found that the share of women directorships was essentially unchanged, year on year, at 12%. During the economic downturn diversity issues were relegated to experience managing through recessions, which looks to have favored men: of the 156 appointments to FTSE 100 boards in the past year, 14.7% were women, against 10.7% last time. Report co-authors, Ruth Sealy, said, "It would appear that instead of becoming a time for change the economic climate of the past year has left the top companies more male dominated." Still, Britain fares well in international comparisons. A study from Egon Zehnder indicates it is on a par with the Netherlands that also has 12% female board representation. Norway leads, part due to a law that came into force last year that requires boards to fill 40% of spaces with women.
James Ashton , "Women go by the board", The Sunday Times, November 29, 2009, © Times Newspapers Ltd.
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