By Cynthia Terrell on March 03, 2017
My dear friends,
The Asahi Shimbun had a very interesting editorial about women's representation in Asia - a subject I am embarrassed to say I know little about - reading it reminded me of the commonalities of the challenges that are true in every country. I thought this quote was an interesting application of the use of targets - or voluntary quotas:
The Abe administration has pledged to promote the role of women in Japan’s male-dominated society and set a target of raising the ratio of women in leading positions to 30 percent by 2020. But there has been no significant progress in this regard...More than 100 countries operate some form of legal or voluntary electoral gender quotas. Typical systems involve reserved seats and candidate quotas for women.
This article on gender diversity in the boardroom caught my eye - I think we need to strategize with allies in the private sector about setting and enforcing gender targets for leadership positions - some on this list like newly elected interim chair of the MD democratic party, Kathleen Matthews, can be a resource on this as she has had experience with just this process as an executive at the Marriott. Congratulations Kathleen!
In a blog on Romper, Lindsay Mack answers the perennial question - Why is Women's History month in March?