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Women on boards press

December 31, 2018

Here is a range of links to media or AGMs where we have pushed the gender diversity argument on ASX listed boards. Also, here is a shame file of ASX 200 companies without female representation at board level.

Counting on Kerr, even in her absence
Tim Barlass, SMH, November 28, 2010

‎Shareholder activist Stephen Mayne said he has ''booked his flight'' to give the department store some ''stick'' at the meeting


This is an excerpt from an excellent interview by Fairfax journalist Michael Short, with Carol Schwartz on November 8, 2010.

Michael Short: 2007, another study. McKinsey found companies with three or more women in top management jobs did better than companies that just had men. So why are shareholders in the face of this evidence not demanding that the people they pay to run their assets – the board of directors and management; these companies are owned by shareholders – why are those shareholders not demanding that these superior corporate outcomes are not being facilitated by having more women?

Carol Schwartz: Well, I think they finally are. Shareholder activists like Stephen Mayne is a phenomenal supporter of introducing women into senior management roles and on boards, and the reason he's done this is exactly for the reasons you state. The proof is there that you get superior financial performance from those organisations that are more inclusive.

Good Ernie Award

We got a passing mention at the 2010 Ernie Awards for appalling male chauvinism which were held in the NSW Parliament building. Amidst a long list of sexist blunders, the AAP coverage noted our little mention as follows: "On the plus side, founder Stephen Mayne has a Good Ernie to add to his Walkley Award. Mr Mayne was honoured for calling for legislation to fix the male domination of public company boards."

Taking the gender debate to the mass media

Click on the screen grab below to watch the 7 minute contribution to an IQ2 debate in front of 1200 at the Melbourne Town Hall on the question of whether "Feminism has failed" on October 2, 2010.

Read transcript

Crikey stories on lack of women

NAB chair claims women not good enough
December 23, 2009

The blokes who should step aside
May 20, 2010


774 ABC Melbourne

Wednesday October 20: discussing News Corp AGM, James Packer and women on boards.

Wednesday, October 6: discussing the Rio leak and women on boards.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010: discussing women on boards, 1st question time and Telstra.

Wednesday June 23, 2010: discussing women on boards, Kerry Stokes and China, IMF.

Wednesday May 19, 2010: mentioned two Adelaide companies with no female directors.

Friday November 6, 2009: speaking from Perth about the lack of women on boards.

702 ABC Sydney

Tuesday August 3, 2010 - discussing women on boards.

Other Media
Where are all the women?
September 30, 2010

letter to News Corp from investors in 2011