Friday 15 December 2017

Gender diversity equals more effective boards - but try telling boys' club that

FAI chief executive John Delaney. Photo: Sportsfile
FAI chief executive John Delaney. Photo: Sportsfile
Martina Devlin

Martina Devlin

Ireland has put two women into the Áras. It shouldn't be beyond the capacity of sports bodies to add some women to their boards.

But the reluctance of such organisations to embrace progress means that gender quotas are being introduced by the Government, with 30pc female membership of boards set as a funding requirement. It's time for sporting gentlemen to join the 21st century.

It would be preferable if quotas weren't necessary, and no-one wants them to be a long-term solution. But the problem with insisting that talented women will rise to the top regardless is that change simply isn't happening. The figures speak for themselves.

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