Women on Boards exists to help women get onto boards and to make them aware of the many different types of boards they could target. Women are less likely than men to be asked to join a board and many lack information about how to access these roles successfully.
1: Building the pool of female role models by providing the information, connections and encouragement to ensure more women are appointed to boards across all sectors
2: Increasing the transparency of the board recruitment process through our vacancy listings and our work with head-hunters and the government to “turn off the spotlight and turn on the floodlights” when recruiting board members.
So we hope you will join us in our mission for transparency and open information. And if you like what we do, get engaged. Don’t just sign-up to our website as a free member, subscribe for just £120 (incl. VAT) and help us to build the next generation of female directors.
In March 2014 we celebrated the fact that one in five FTSE100 board members are now women and that only 2 all-male boards remain in this select group of companies. But is 20.7% really such a great achievement when women make up half the population and more than 50% of university graduates? Beyond these headline successes:
This absence of women from the senior ranks of organisations and politics is rooted in history. Women were only granted the vote in the UK in 1918 and up until 1968, Cambridge University did not award degrees to women. And it is only in the last 50 years that contraception has enabled women to choose the size and timing of their families. So most organisations were designed by men for men; and these cultures are proving difficult to change:
- "Sex and Power 2013: Who runs Britain?" Centre for Women and Democracy
- "The Female FTSE Board Report 2014: Crossing the Finish Line", Cranfield International Centre for Women Leaders