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    I first reported on women on boards when I was in the lobby @FT over 8 years ago. The Davies Review recommended that a quarter of FTSE350 directors should be female by 2015 and warned of quotas if the targets weren't met. #womenonboards (thread)
    ft.com/content/3fe82c…

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    At the launch of the Davies Review, in Feb 2011, women accounted for 12.5% of FTSE100 boards and 7.8% of FTSE350 boards. More than half of companies had no women on their boards seven years ago.

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    FTSE100 companies saw the writing on the wall and recruited, hitting the 2015 25% target. The govt then upped the targets in 2016, setting a goal of 33% FTSE 350 board members to be female by 2020 > ft.com/content/620b63…

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    But galvanising the #FTSE100 into action was always the easy nut to crack. Big companies, hot on corporate governance, often with a big consumer brand. Those involved in this work always knew the #FTSE350 was the battleground for #womenonboards

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    Now the excuses begin as the #FTSE350 struggle with the 33% target. "All the good women have already been snapped up". Talent pipeline is of course an issue. But how come women aren't being brought on in the first place? That'll be institutional sexism > theguardian.com/business/2018/…

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    Philip Hampton says these sort of excuses said less often now: “However, leaders expressing warm words of support but actually doing very little to appoint women into top jobs – or quietly blocking progress – are really not much better” (than the outright sexists (that's MY ADD)

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    Beth Rigby

    And on that matter of excuses, @SkyNews has put together some of the finest reasons given as why putting more #womenonboards is a really tricky thing

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