Friday 23 June 2017

Promoting women is not about a battle of the sexes, it's about what's best for society

Enda Kenny, Joan Burton and Paul Kehoe with the newly appointed junior ministers earlier this year
Enda Kenny, Joan Burton and Paul Kehoe with the newly appointed junior ministers earlier this year

Male, middle-aged and middle-class – the three Ms are the qualifications with most clout when it comes to unlocking boardroom doors to would-be directors. Take it as read that being white oils the hinges, too.

A financial collapse had to happen before it was accepted that bank boards with a homogeneous membership were dangerous constructs. Has the lesson that diversity matters been fully absorbed within decision-making circles? Clearly not, judging by the cabinet reshuffle.

The lack of both junior and senior ministers – most glaring in the junior ranks, where Enda Kenny saw fit to promote men exclusively – shows the male bias continues to hold sway. Such an extraordinary omission propagates built-in limitations in policy-making.

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