10 laughable "explanations" men gave to keep women off boards

A study commissioned by the British Government, revealed 10 of the “worst explanations” that researchers were given for not employing women to the boards of the UK’s largest companies. If you’re prepared to fill your rage-quota for the day, read on for the full list:

  1. “I don’t think women fit comfortably into the board environment”
  2. “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”
  3. “Most women don’t want the hassle or pressure of sitting on a board”
  4. “Shareholders just aren’t interested in the make-up of the board, so why should we be?”
  5. “My other board colleagues wouldn’t want to appoint a woman on our board”
  6. “All the ‘good’ women have already been snapped up”
  7. “We have one woman already on the board, so we are done — it is someone else’s turn”
  8. “There aren’t any vacancies at the moment — if there were I would think about appointing a woman”
  9. “We need to build the pipeline from the bottom — there just aren’t enough senior women in this sector”
  10. “I can’t just appoint a woman because I want to.”


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