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