Thursday, June 15, 2017

Advocacy organization wants to see 30% of senior executive committee positions held by women - CHRONICLE HERALD

by Jason Risdon
Originally published: June 13, 2017
Publisher: ChronicleHerald.ca

Unconscious biases against women in the workplace are keeping many of them from taking their rightful places on corporate boards — and that’s hurting companies, says the chairwoman of 30% Club Canada’s steering committee.

“It is stereotypes and biases,” said Dr. Beatrix Dart, who is also a professor of management strategy at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, in an interview.

“A woman may have just had a second child and the assumption will be made that she may not want to travel (for work) and she might not even be asked,” said Dart. “She may be thought to not be tough enough for the job.”

The 30% Club, which also has chapters in Australia, Hong Kong, the Middle Eastern countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States, is working to change those perceptions.