The General Manager of publishing group Hearst-Bauer and NED, Marina Go, says she “sat up and leaned in” when Wendy McCarthy said we should simply demand 50% female representation on all boards as soon as possible.
“I found myself nodding furiously in agreement with her.”
Speaking at an event at the St James Ethics centre, entitled Ethical Leadership, Women and Influence, Wendy McCarthy said the current debate was confusing, with some sectors suggesting 20% targets, others 30% and 40% with timeframes of years, even decades, for reaching those still dismal goals.
“Having commanded the floor with her arousing talk of what true equality could look like, McCarthy then stated that she hoped the take-out from the ethics discussion wouldn’t be simply the need for more women on boards when in fact the greater need was for more women in executive roles of most companies in all industries.”
Wendy McCarthy was part of panel with Sam Mostyn facilitated by Geraldine Doogue.