Archive for 'women on boards' Category

Bold Move by Teachers

By - Last updated: Tuesday, October 8, 2013

In case you missed it,  Ontario Teachers Pension Plan is calling for the OSC to require all public companies to have at least three women on their boards after a transition period (which it suggests setting at 2020) or be delisted.  Teachers says they don't expect any of the voluntary type options which have been suggested for increasing the number of women on boards, for example, "comply or explain"  to have much impact. The link below is to Janet McFarland's article in today's Globe and Mail which provides more detail.   http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/companies-should-have-3-women-directors-or-face-delisting-teachers/article14721742/   I love bold moves and I love this one, in particular!! In my mind, this is leadership and demonstrates how a major organization can have an impact on the world in ...

Interview with John Smith

By - Last updated: Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Today's post is the second of three excerpts from my interview with "John Smith." John is a hugely successful participant in the Canadian securities industry and I thought his perspective on a variety of issues would be interesting to consider!! I was thrilled he agreed to be interviewed. I hope you enjoy reading what he has to say and as usual your comments are most welcome!!   I asked John what he thinks accounts for the documented lack of progress by women in the corporate world.   He says: “Oh boy, what accounts for that?  Well it’s probably the predominant thinking that men are better at work than women are but I think that’s being dispelled all the time.  For example, when I go ...

The Feminine Mystique…It’s 50 Years Old!!!

By - Last updated: Monday, February 4, 2013

The Feminine Mystique written by Betty Friedan in 1963 is celebrating it's 50th anniversary this year.  The New York Times Magazine in its January 27, 2013 issue included an article by Gail Collins which was excerpted from the introduction to the 50th anniversary edition of the book.  Collins reminds us: "...if you want to understand the journey of American women, from Doris Day to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, you will have to start with this book." You can read the entire piece by following this link: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/27/magazine/the-feminine-mystique-at-50.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0   In a round table discussion in Saturday's Globe (February 2, 2013) "Have Women Solved 'The Problem With No Name?' The Feminine Mystique At 50", three female columnists at the Globe look back at the revelations of ...

Babes on Boards

By - Last updated: Monday, December 3, 2012

There has been much written about the issue of women on boards or to put it more bluntly the lack of progress in terms of increasing the numbers of women on boards. In case you missed Board Games, the Globe's 11th Annual Corporate Governance Rankings in last Monday's (November 26) paper, I have included several links below for your ease of reference, together with some brief introductory comments.   The first link is to a column by Janet McFarland titled Women's Work with the subtitle: "From formal legal quotas to the power of moral suasion, companies grapple with a governance issue that has proven nettlesome -- and for qualified women, frustrating. Diversity champions say there is more at stake than ...