Women on Boards e-petition

I recently attended The Ambition Debate, the second in a series of debates supported by Independent Women, hosted in Edinburgh by Tods Murray.

Clare Logie, who introduced the debate, says

“It was a really lively and engaging debate, but it is important that it is seen as a step towards doing something practical, as well as being simply a stimulating experience with lots of fabulous people – which is always worth doing in itself, to some extent.”

“Whilst wide-ranging and expansive, the discussion inevitably contained a good deal of focus on the issue of UK quotas to increase female representation on boards.  Karen Darby talked about her determination to get the ‘women on boards’ discussion aired further and higher and that she has set up a petition to get the issue discussed in parliament. She does, however, need 100,000 signatures in order to achieve this, so if it’s something you believe in, please sign up and add your name to the list!  It’s incredibly easy to do – you just click on the link below and add your name.”

Karen Darby says “ We need to raise the necessary 100,000 signatures to get it discussed in the House of Lords (BTW not taking up my peerage until it gets renamed House of Ladies and Lords)”

I appreciate that not everyone reading this article will be for quotas,  if this is the case perhaps you could share your concerns by making a comment below, but if you do want to see this issue raised at the highest level, then please do sign the petition at




2 Comments on Women on Boards e-petition

  1. karen birch // March 8, 2012 at 11:42 am // Reply

    I wasn’t a fan of quotas but you know, what’s the worse that can happen? Maybe we will get a few women who are promoted/appointed beyond their abilities. So what? There are hundreds of guys in senior positions who are there because they knew a man who knew a man who knew there was a job going free. Go on, sign the petition. Things wont change unless we make them change.

    • Susan Garnsworthy // March 9, 2012 at 1:02 pm // Reply

      I agree. Without some positive discrimination, we will take another couple of hundred years to reach parity of genders on boards at present rate of progress. We can’t afford to wait that long as we urgently need change at the top. Change and willingness tolook at other ways of doing things, running businesses etc. For some reason I think women generally have this flexiblity. Our country, society and the developed world in general is in crisis in many respects and we need the courage to consider seriously and implement new ways of working which bear in mind who carries the cost. Most recent decisions by governments, of all complexions, do not appear to do this.

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