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More women on company boards needed: new EIGE data shows sluggish progress

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YiannisK
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Efforts to achieve gender balance in business and finance are losing momentum as governments continue to waver on introducing hard quotas to boardrooms, according to EIGE’s latest data.
Ensuring that women are in decision-making positions within business and finance is a decisive step forward towards achieving greater gender equality in our society.

Read more: https://eige.europa.eu/news/more-women-company-boards-needed-new-eige-data-shows-sluggish-progress

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SallyK
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@yiannisk: I wholeheartedly agree with this statement and would like to add one thought regarding why women may not want to get into decision-making positions.
For me personally, these positions are rather unattactive because, for one thing, I often have the feeling that I have to adapt to male-dominated structures in which I do not find myself. On the other hand, I see and hear time and again how mistakes made by women are dealt with and find this off-putting.
Of course, it is always possible to put on a thick skin, but now and then I find this difficult.
How do others in the community feel about this?

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SallyK
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Sally Koehler
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@yiannisk: I wholeheartedly agree with this statement and would like to add one thought regarding why women may not want to get into decision-making positions.
For me personally, these positions are rather unattactive because, for one thing, I often have the feeling that I have to adapt to male-dominated structures in which I do not find myself. On the other hand, I see and hear time and again how mistakes made by women are dealt with and find this off-putting.
Of course, it is always possible to put on a thick skin, but now and then I find this difficult.
How do others in the community feel about this?

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SallyK
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 SallyK
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I agree wholeheartedly with this statement and would like to add one thought regarding why women may not want to get into decision-making positions.
For me personally, these positions are rather unattactive because, for one thing, I often have the feeling that I have to adapt to male-dominated structures in which I do not find myself. On the other hand, I see and hear time and again how mistakes made by women are dealt with and find this off-putting.
Of course, it is always possible to put on a thick skin, but now and then I find this difficult.
How do others in the community feel about this?

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Marco
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In Italy, after the introduction of hard quotas to boardrooms there was an increase from 5% in 2011 to 30% in 2021. I agree that we are loosing momentum, these measures have limits and we should find a more comprehensive approach.

One interesting thing that highlights the limitations of hard quotas is the latest study produced by C3E and IEA for Italy. In a nutshell, the number of women in the STEM schools is rising while the number of women in boardrooms is remaining steady.

In Italy women are more than prepared to occupy higher and important positions but the system is not allowing them to do so.

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Kostas Dasopoulos
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More women in decision-making positions will definitely play a catalytic role in increasing the business performance of various companies and initiatives especially in the energy sector.

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SallyK
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 SallyK
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@yiannisk: I wholeheartedly agree with this statement and would like to add one thought regarding why women may not want to get into decision-making positions.
For me personally, these positions are rather unattactive because, for one thing, I often have the feeling that I have to adapt to male-dominated structures in which I do not find myself. On the other hand, I see and hear time and again how mistakes made by women are dealt with and find this off-putting.
Of course, it is always possible to put on a thick skin, but now and then I find this difficult.
How do others in the community feel about this?

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