In response to requests for a ‘taster’ of the content of The Glass Ceiling Delusion: the REAL reasons more women don’t reach senior positions (2011) I’ve decided to make the following available, mainly consisting of the book’s Table of Contents, Introduction, and first chapter:
It seems I was premature in declaring a small victory had been won in the battle against the ideological goal of ‘improved’ gender balance in the boardroom. I’d inferred from broadsheet newspaper reports that Theresa May, Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities, had written to EU Commissioner Viviane Reding opposing EU imposition of quotas for women in the boardroom, that this was the government’s revised domestic position also. I was wrong, it now seems. I’m grateful to Fred for pointing me towards the following article on yesterday’s Mail Online. It concerns the coalition’s ultra-Leftie Business Secretary, and the piece is titled, “Firms face compulsory quotas if they don’t put women in top jobs, insists Vince Cable”:
Businesses could be hit with compulsory quotas to increase the number of women on boards unless they raise the number voluntarily, said Vince Cable. The Business Secretary said he was ready to introduce legal targets if firms had failed to ensure a quarter of executives at board level were female by 2015. He also suggested that if he were prime minister, half of the Cabinet would be women.
More women should be promoted in the boardroom under guidelines being pushed by The Business Secretary. Mr Cable said there were encouraging signs that firms were beginning to heed calls for gender equality – revealing figures suggesting that in the past three months, half of new appointments to FTSE company boards have been women.
He said he planned to ‘name and shame’ companies that fail to make further progress. One in ten of Britain’s biggest firms still has all-male boards. ‘It’s very, very important that women are there in numbers,’ Mr Cable said. ‘Our objective is to get a quarter of all board membership being women by 2015. Our current approach, which is trying to change the culture, trying to name and shame, I think will work. If it doesn’t, we can look at things like quotas. There is a body called the Financial Reporting Council that requires companies to declare publicly what they do. So companies will be in the future publicly identified and there will then be a role for me to go out and say publicly, “This is a disgrace, you should change your behaviour”.’
Asked whether he would introduce quotas if that approach failed to deliver the target figures, the Business Secretary said: ‘I would, yes. I think that’s a perfectly legitimate last resort. But I think the current approach that we have adopted is beginning to produce serious results, so let’s give it a chance.’
The EU has announced a consultation on how to increase women’s presence on corporate boards, warning that progress towards equality is too slow. Mandatory quotas are being threatened if member states fail to make sufficient progress. The EU’s Justice Commissioner, Viviane Reding, has warned that on current rates of change, it will take more than 40 years for women to hold 40 per cent of board positions in Europe’s publicly traded companies.
In Britain, companies are working towards a voluntary target to increase the percentage of women on FTSE 100 boards to 25 per cent, up from 12.5 per cent last year. But business leaders have warned against compulsory quotas. On BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour the Business Secretary also took a swipe at David Cameron’s failure to meet an aspiration that a third of his ministers should be women. There are five women – all Conservative – in the Cabinet.
In a reference to the new French president’s decision to make half of his top team female, Mr Cable said: ‘If I ever finish up in Mr Cameron’s job, and who knows what could happen, you might well get a Francois Hollande moment.’
Meanwhile, Tory MP Peter Bone demanded that Vince Cable be sacked from the Cabinet after it emerged that the Business Secretary was in contact with Labour to discuss a possible alliance following the next election. At the weekend it was revealed that Mr Cable had held phone conversations with Labour leader Ed Miliband.
The appointment of a noted Leftie to such an important position, and the fact he’s still there, are indicators of how left-wing and feminist-friendly David Cameron is himself. I was warning of this two years ago, and herewith give you a chapter titled, ‘David Cameron: heir to Harman?’ from The Glass Ceiling Delusion:
My thanks to Petronella for pointing me towards a story to be filed away under (her words, not mine), ‘Stuff you couldn’t make up’. Not unless, she points out, you’re a female academic. Here’s the link to the story Petronella found online. Enjoy:
I was particularly intrigued by (American) Professor Goldberg’s statement that, ‘Having a greater proportion of men raises salaries’. Given that two of the three fields she cites are overwhelmingly found in the public sector, what would be the mechanism by which salaries are raised? A question I’ll be putting to Professor Goldberg in an email later today.
Since I launched The Campaign for Merit in Business a month ago I’m being increasingly asked by senior business people and journalists to present my core arguments against quotas and other positive discrimination measures to ‘improve’ the number of women in boardrooms. The arguments now include the evidence of two studies (University of Michigan and Deutsche Bundesbank) which show that increasing the number of women on boards adversely impacts on corporate performance. In addition I’ve been supplying people with a chapter (link below) from my 2011 book The Glass Ceiling Delusion: the real reasons more women don’t reach senior positions and thought I should make it freely available to visitors to this blog. The book’s available from all the usual retailers and from myself – I can sign and dedicate it if you wish, and post it to any address worldwide – if ordered through my publishing website www.lpspublishing.co.uk. The chapter:
I’ve written nine books since 2008, the last three have been concerned with the scourge of militant feminism, a movement which has long assaulted individuals and institutions including:
- the family
- the business sector
- the legal system
- the media
… and much else.
My last three books were:
Feminism: the ugly truth (2012)
This title was published (in ebook editions only) on 13 February 2012. It’s readable on all the major e-readers (Kindle, iPad, iPod, Reader, Nook, Kobo…). It’s also readable on PCs and Macs using free-to-download software from the e-reader retailers (Amazon, Apple, Sony, Barnes & Noble…). The retail prices have been set at £6.95 / US$9.95 / Euro 8.45 but ebook retailers reserve the right to set the actual selling prices.
The paperback edition is scheduled for publication on 1 July 2012, but this may be delayed. The retail prices have been set at £9.95 / US$14.95 / Euro 12.45.
Both the ebook and the paperback editions contain a sample chapter titled, ‘Would you like to have sex with my wife?’ from my book Two Men in a Car (a businessman, a chauffeur, and their holidays in France). Only the ebook edition contains the plate section from the book (16 colour photographs taken during the holidays).
If you’d like to read some extracts from Feminism: The Ugly Truth please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the request.
The book contains a Foreword penned by the veteran campaigner Erin Pizzey.
The Glass Ceiling Delusion: the real reasons more women don’t reach senior positions (2011)
At long last, someone has taken on the myth of discrimination against women who aspire to senior positions in business, including the boardrooms of major corporations. The Glass Ceiling Delusion demythologizes each of thirty elements the author has identified of the now generally accepted claim that women are discriminated against in the world of white-collar work. Much has been accomplished recently in disclosing the half-truths about women and domestic violence, for example, but Buchanan illuminates an area that other critics of ideological feminism have not considered. Buchanan’s analysis is based partly on his experience of working as an executive for major British and American multinational corporations for over 30 years until 2010. His book should inspire research on settings of corporate power everywhere. Always witty and sometimes even biting in style, Buchanan’s text is grounded in important texts in psychobiology, sociology, history and politics. It is an impassioned yet not angry argument that deserves the careful attention of policy-makers and a general readership.
Professor Miles Groth PhD, Editor, New Male Studies: An International Journal
The Glass Ceiling Delusion attacks head-on the militant feminist myth that men and women have the same interests and capabilities. Reviewing a wide range of evidence, he shows that the under-representation of women in senior positions in business has nothing to do with discrimination and ‘glass ceilings’, and that attempts to impose quotas are therefore fundamentally flawed. A polemical book with an important message.
Peter Saunders Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Sussex University
Equality of opportunity is a fine thing but equality of outcome is another matter entirely. There is little doubt that men and women have, on average, different talents and interests that make gender quotas in the workplace unfair and impractical. The Glass Ceiling Delusion is a welcome, well-argued addition to the debate about whether women should be pushed up the social ladder just because they are women, and thus at a presumed disadvantage. This is rather an insult to women and Margaret Thatcher, for one, would not have agreed. Individuals should be treated as individuals, not as members of a particular race, class or gender. Whatever the historic injustices, this is the only way that social structures can evolve naturally.
Glenn Wilson Visiting Professor of Psychology, Gresham College, London.
The Glass Ceiling Delusion is an important and brave book, the best book on social economics and society in general published for decades. It’s irresistibly compelling, cogently argued and superbly put together. It should be in all school and college libraries. It should be compulsory reading for social science, economics and politics students. It should be force-fed to male and female politicians. This is definitely a five-star book.
Brilliant. Brilliant. Brilliant. Brilliant. Brilliant.
Dr Vernon Coleman bestselling English author
David and Goliatha: David Cameron – heir to Harman? (2010)
Mike Buchanan has courageously taken on the radical feminists. For too long this group have dominated the public policy agenda. Pay equality, gender balance in the boardroom, all women shortlists have been given far too much prominence in public life. We needed the other side to be put and in his book Mike Buchanan does just this. His description of the Prime Minister having a ‘female-pattern brain’ is an interesting aspect of David Cameron. Without being insulting it explains some of the current direction of Conservative policy.
The book calls for a fight back against the radical feminists. It deserves to succeed. Women had a long hard justifiable fight to obtain the vote in our democracy (see my book Our Fight for Democracy), but now they have it the radical feminists want special treatment. This is not acceptable, each person’s vote should have an equal value regardless of gender. Manipulating parliamentary candidate short lists to give preference to women is a distortion of democracy and anyone who believes in democracy should oppose it.
John Strafford Chairman of the Campaign for Conservative Democracy
These books, along with my other books, are available to order from the usual sources as well as from www.lpspublishing.co.uk (credit cards and debit cards accepted). If you order through that website you’ll be able to have the book signed, and a dedication of your choice added.
I’m currently working with the British writer Swayne O’Pie – ‘The Feminists’ Nemesis’ – to raise awareness of his book Why Britain Hates Men: Exposing Feminism. Details of this lengthy (456 page) book on www.exposingfeminism.com where it’s available to order for £12.99 (+ £2.95 p&p). The book’s already attracted the following testimonial:
An original and important new book… an intriguing exposé of feminism.
Norman Dennis Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Newcastle University
A paperback edition of the book was published internationally on 26 May 2012 with the title Exposing Feminism: The Thirty Years’ War Against Men. An ebook edition will be published early June 2012. The selling prices of the two editions have been set at:
Paperback: US$17.95, CAN$ 17.95, AUS$24.95, Euro 15.95.
Ebook: £6.95, US$9.95, CAN$9.95, AUS$9.95, Euro 8.45.