Our public challenges of high-profile proponents of increased female representation on boards

We’ve been asked if we’d ever had any substantive responses to the public challenges we’ve issued to proponents of increased female representation on boards and increasing the proportion of women in senior roles more generally. No, we haven’t. The people in question are utterly shameless. We’ve awarded many of them ‘Lying Feminist of the Month’ or ‘Toady’ awards.

Here’s a small selection from the challenges we’ve made, in reverse chronological order:

Samantha Beckett Director General, Economics & Markets, Department for Business, Innovation, and Skills

Ian Symes General Manager, Right Management (UK & Ireland)

Sajid Javid MP Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

John Timpson Chairman, Timpson Group plc

Chris Blackhurst Journalist, former editor, The Independent

Emma Ritch Executive Director of Engender, a Scottish feminist campaigning organisation

Mark Carney Governor, Bank of England

Laura Carstensen Commissioner, Equality & Human Rights Commission

Vince Cable MP Business Secretary

Professor Susan Vinnicombe Leader, Cranfield International Centre for Women Leaders

Dr Jude Browne Director of Gender Studies, Cambridge University

Janet Street-Porter

Debbie White, CEO of Sodexo (UK & Ireland)

Three recent posts (links below) refer to this challenge and Michel Landel, the (male) global CEO of Sodexo, a French multinational. Landel is a director of Catalyst Inc., a New York-based radical feminist organisation campaigning internationally for more women on boards.

https://c4mb.wordpress.com/2013/09/30/another-day-another-piece-of-women-on-boards-nonsense/

https://c4mb.wordpress.com/2013/09/30/a-public-challenge-to-debbie-white-ceo-sodexo-uk-ireland/

https://c4mb.wordpress.com/2013/10/01/michel-landel-ceo-of-sodexo-is-a-director-of-catalyst-inc-a-feminist-campaigning-organisation-no-seriously-he-is/

Charlotte Sweeney Reviewer of the voluntary code of conduct of executive search firms

Caroline Criado-Perez Radical feminist, winner of three J4MB ‘Lying Feminist of the Month’ awards

Dr Petra Wilton Director of Policy, Chartered Management Institute

Sir Roger Carr Chairman of Centrica, former president of the CBI, founder member of The 30% Club

Helena Morrissey CEO of Newton Investment Management, founder of The 30% Club

Professor Rita Marcella Aberdeen Business School

Fiona Hall MEP

Ilene Lang President and CEO of Catalyst, a New York based radical feminist campaigning organisation

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