Shattering myths and glass ceilings: 8 000 highly qualified women ready for the boardroom
A "Global Board Ready Women" searchable database was launched today by European Business Schools. The 8 000-strong list makes it clear that there are more than enough well-qualified women to help lead corporations into the 21st century. It is now time to shatter the glass ceiling that keeps these women from ascending to board positions.
The database, posted on the global business platform LinkedIn, lists women suitable to be considered for publicly listed company board-level positions who meet a clear set of criteria defined by publicly listed companies.
Vice-President Viviane Reding, EU Justice Commissioner, said on the announcement: "I often hear the argument that there are not enough qualified women to occupy positions in the boardroom. Well, today we are shattering myths as well as glass ceilings!"
Increasing gender equality in boardrooms
In November 2012 the European Commission proposed legislation to boost gender balance on company boards. The proposed Directive sets a minimum objective of 40% by 2020 for members of the under-represented sex for non-executive members of the boards of publicly listed companies in Europe, or 2018 for listed public undertakings.