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Women and the boardroom - Jane Jackson of Solihull Chamber writes....

THERE are still serious problems preventing women reaching senior levels in industry, highlighted by business secretary Vince Cable who warns that mandatory quotas for women on boards might be a real possibility.

THERE are still serious problems preventing women reaching senior levels in industry, highlighted by business secretary Vince Cable who warns that mandatory quotas for women on boards might be a real possibility.

Generally boards agree that diversity is good for business but there are still serious problems preventing women reaching senior levels in industry.

However forcibly elevating a few to boardroom level will not solve the problem. Appointments should always be on merit, not gender.

Throughout history there have been strong women who have made their mark. Beatrice Cadbury was one of them.

Growing up as a respectable Quaker girl and daughter of the world famous chocolate empire family, she became a bold anti-capitalist. Beatrice had all the privileges but she found this a troubling existence and in 1920, she gave back all the Cadbury shares she had inherited to the Bournville factory workers, with unexpected consequences.

Solihull Chamber’s quarterly Enterprising Women event which will be held on 7 June will hear from Birmingham author Fiona Joseph about Beatrice’s astonishing journey. For more information call 0121 781 7384.

 

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