“All the ‘good’ women have been snapped up” is just one excuse for lack of women in FTSE boardrooms


“All the ‘good’ women have been snapped up” has been revealed as just one of the excuses given for the lack of women in FTSE boardrooms.

Businesses also claimed that women “don’t fit in” in a boardroom, or that they simply “didn’t want the hassle of sitting on a board.”

The excuses, given by leading businesses to explain the lack of female representation on boards, were revealed in a government-backed review of gender balance in the FTSE 350.


Excuses given included:

  • “I don’t think women fit comfortably into the board environment.”
  • “There aren’t that many women with the right credentials and depth of experience to sit on a board – the issues covered are extremely complex.”
  • “Most women don’t want the hassle or pressure of sitting on a board.”
  • “Shareholders just aren’t interested in the make-up of the board, so why should we be?”
  • “My other board colleagures wouldn’t want to appoint a woman on our board.”
  • “All the ‘good’ women have already been snapped up.”
  • “We have one woman already on the board, so we are done – it is someone else’s turn.”
  • “There aren’t any vacancies at the moment – if there were I would think about appointing a woman.”
  • “We need to build the pipeline from the bottom – there just aren’t enough senior women in this sector.”
  • I can’t just appoint a woman because I want to.”
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