A Woman’s place is in the boardroom, Feminist Endgame!


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A Woman’s place is in the boardroom, Feminist Endgame!
Mamonaku
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Mamonaku
http://www.forbes.com/corporategovernance/2006/09/21/leadership-norway-women-lead-govern-cx_cn_0921norway.html?boxes=popstories&boxes=custom

Corporate Governance
A Woman’s Place Is In The Boardroom

London –

“If you’re a woman, rising the corporate ranks is never easy. Unless you live in Norway.

Within the next year, the 510 Norwegian companies listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange must have 40% of their respective board seats occupied by women. Any company failing to comply will be booted off the OSE. For now, the law passed in 2002 only applies to publicly traded companies. But the government is considering extending the law’s reach to cover family-owned companies as well.

Since the Norwegian government first issued its mandate, things have improved. The number of companies in compliance has risen from 17.5% to 29.6%. Still, the country’s companies need to get cracking. Nearly 33% of public companies don’t have a single woman board member. And as of July 1, only 151 of 510 firms on the OSE meet the 40% representation rule. The number of women in top jobs isn’t good. Out of 562 women who are board members in the country, only 11 are chairmen of the board, and 15 are deputy chairmen.
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Those numbers don’t sit well in a country renowned for its progressive policies and its pursuit of egalitarianism. But even in Norway, there’s been some controversy over the government’s quota. “I wish a law governing diversity in the workplace hadn’t been necessary, but change through natural evolution would take about 200 years,” says Anne Kathrine Slungard, the Market Director of Entra Realestate, a large real estate company based in Oslo.

“Men appoint other men,” says Norway’s State Secretary for the Ministry of Children and Equality Kjell Erik Oie. “It’s an informal system made and run by men.”

There’s little disagreement from Norway’s women execs. Legislation is the only way forward, says Grete Faremo, a director for legal and corporate affairs in Northern Europe for Microsoft (nasdaq: MSFT – news – people ). “With experience, you see that you need action.”

Heidi Petersen, a board member at DnB NOR, a bank that ranks 342 on the Forbes 2000, also believes the quota system is a necessary evil. “It makes it easier to see all the clever women out there. It helps bring them to the fore,” she says.

But could compliance with the new law spawn tokenism? It shouldn’t. Oie points out that more women than men pursue advanced degrees in Norway so there’s no shortage of smart, well trained women. In fact, says Slungard, women now outnumber men at the prestigious Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim.

Even though there are clearly thousands of capable and willing women ready to become top brass, convincing stick-in-the-mud investors of the benefits of workplace diversity may prove difficult in the short-term. “We need to change the mentality of these shareholders, they are the ones that choose the board members,” says Slungard. “We need to make them see that Norway will not prosper if it doesn’t use 50% of its inhabitants.”

Legislating increases in workplace diversity seems to be a bit of trend in Scandinavia. Earlier this summer, a Swedish government adviser on sex equality, Catarina af Sandeberg, proposed that companies listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange that do not have 40% of women on their main boards by 2010 should be fined until they do.

“The previous Social Democrat government in Sweden was definitely planning a similar thing to Norway. And the new Conservative government there will be discussing plans,” Oie says. “By tradition, Norway and Sweden do things together. I know Sweden often looks to Norway on occasions like this,” says Slungard.

Why is Norway so progressive? “Our Prime Minister, Jens Stoltenberg, is one of the best we’ve had,” remarks Petersen.

However, Faremo warns, “we are not where we should be.” She says that managers should be working to encourage women from day one and facilitate opportunities for young parents–irrespective of sex. Women should also be working to make themselves more “visible” in the workplace, she adds. “If they are not impatient to do so, I am impatient for them,” says Oie.”

This is it Gents… Feminist Endgame.

Men get pwned, you all lose! FemiNasties level up.

This article is so sexist I can hardly believe it. Thank the Good Lord God that I have eyes that can see what is in front of me.

MEN AND WOMEN SHOULD HAVE EQUAL RIGHTS, NOT SPECIAL RIGHTS!

What about the talented men that will be passed over because of this stupid legislation?

Will they be able to find enough women to fill the quota?

Is this really the most Economically Efficient thing for a corporation to do?

We’ve already discussed the Men smarter than women issue. Why appoint token women to do a job that MOST WOMEN HAVE NO DESIRE TO DO?

Read this article gentlemen. If this doesn’t turn you lurkers into MRA’s I don’t know what will.

DONT MARRY FEMINIST CAREER WOMEN!

09-26-2006 05:12 PM

Re: A Woman’s place is in the boardroom, Feminist Endgame!
tellafriend
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tellafriend

You’re on crack.

Men and women should NOT have equal rights. Women are NOT equal to men and NEVER WILL BE.

Stop being a pussified male and face facts. Idiot women will NEVER amount to or replace the capacity of a man. Men choose men because they don’t want their companies to end up as yapping vagiinas. They want competency not incoherent yapping. Imagine oneDumbBiitch running your company. Talk about a train wreck.

Women are valuable in their FUNCTIONAL ROLES as mothers and complements to their men, not as pseudomen with peniis envy, throwing tantrums like little babies and demanding rights and privileges that they never earned and certainly don’t deserve.

Seig Heil Feminism!

09-26-2006 06:12 PM

Re: A Woman’s place is in the boardroom, Feminist Endgame!
MartianBachelor
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MartianBachelor
“Nearly 33% of public companies don’t have a single woman board member. And as of July 1, only 151 of 510 firms on the OSE meet the 40% representation rule.”

Sounds like they’re on a real collision course with.

Anybody know of a way to short the whole dang OSE? There’s gotta be an ETF or something. Turns out there isn’t, just two indices… gotta find a broker with direct access to that exchange.

De-listing all those companies is the financial equivalent of suicide.
And even if they scramble to fill all those positions with incompetents, how’s that gonna work for `em?

It’s either that or have a sex-change operation and move over there to scarf one of these BoD jobs.
On second thought, nah.

“…women now outnumber men at the prestigious Norwegian University of Science and Technology”

Anybody else ever hear of it? No? Me neither. I guess that’s why it’s so “prestigious”.

“…convincing stick-in-the-mud investors of the benefits of workplace diversity may prove difficult in the short-term”

Gee, ya think?! Call me any dang name you like. You might be able to reach me at my new Aspen ski condo.

Message Edited by MartianBachelor on 09-26-200608:43 PM

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09-26-2006 10:38 PM

Re: A Woman’s place is in the boardroom, Feminist Endgame!
Mamonaku
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Mamonaku
It’ll be interesting to see what happens.

Over in good ol Scandinavia, FemiNasties have a deathgrip on politics.
Expect “progressive” proposals like these if Hillary should become Prez.

Feminism is not about Equality, it never was. Its about power, pure and simple.

09-27-2006 06:52 AM

Re: A Woman’s place is in the boardroom, Feminist Endgame!
Cassius
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Cassius
I disagree on the equal right portion. There are menwomen who might be able to fit in a boardroom. If a women is that good and that dedicated, she does not need no quotas though.

09-27-2006 08:40 AM

Re: A Woman’s place is in the boardroom, Feminist Endgame!
Happy_Bullet
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Happy_Bullet
Marvellous. More Hewlett Packards.

Fortunately none of our major suppliers are in Norway, Sweden or Finland.

Major supplier in the UK which I’d rather not have.

Frankly I’d rather move them all to the US at this stage.

The EU will go down first at least, the feminists may have tried to move too quickly and haven’t got enough of a base to make this sort of thing inevitable in the US just yet, so maybe a lesson can be learned.

Such a pity, Europe had such good products… LOL.

Men have standards. Women will be compared. DEAL WITH IT.

09-28-2006 03:33 AM

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