“All the ‘good’ women have already been snapped up.”
“Most women don’t want the hassle or pressure of sitting on a board.”
Those were just a few of the worst explanations given to a British review investigating the lack of women on corporate boards in the country, the latest effort by British government officials to shame companies into addressing workplace gender disparities.
The comments, released on Thursday, were not attributed to any individual company. But they were part of a list of the 10 worst explanations given to a team questioning chairmen and chief executives of the 350 biggest publicly listed companies here over the relatively low number of women serving on company boards. Overall, about a quarter of the board members of all companies listed on the FTSE-350 stock index are women.
In an effort to rectify that imbalance, Britain has called for women to make up a third of all board members among companies listed on the index by 2020.