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International Women’s day was on 8 March and to the mark the occasion Oxford Brookes Business School, in partnership with Athena SWAN, hosted a special International Women’s day lecture.
The lecture was led by Professor Simonetta Manfredi (Associate Dean for Research and Knowledge Exchange at Oxford Brookes Business School) along with guest Tea Colaianni, Non-Executive Director of Mothercare plc.
The topic of the lecture covered the most pressing issues facing women in business today. Simonetta and Tea explored the purpose of the Davies report (2015) and the Hampton Alexander review (2017), which has set the target of 33% female representation among board directors and executives by 2020.
The lecture concluded with a Q&A with the audience. The discussion was lively with questions about quotas and why it is important to have greater gender diversity on company boards.
The final question raised was will, and how, the Davies report (2015) and Hampton Alexander review (2017) meet its target of 33% female representation among senior positions in business. Significant progress has been made in the past few years with the number of women on boards increasing from 12.5% in 2011 to 26.1% in 2015 (Davies report: 2015), but as Tea and Simonetta concluded there is a way to go for greater inclusivity in British board rooms.
Find out more about the Athena SWAN charter for greater gender equality and watch the lecture.