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Taking a pickaxe to the glass ceiling

We all need to alter our mindsets and take action if opportunities for women in businesses are going to improve, argues Donna O'Neill

23 June 2015

I identified as a feminist from an early age and have always been proud to label myself as such. Now more than ever, I feel strongly that organisations ought to do more to assist their talented females. The pace of change in terms of achieving gender diversity at the top remains glacial, and so it is vital that both businesses and legislative bodies consider ways to inject some much-needed momentum.

In terms of new legislation, the proposed EU directive for women on company boards remains in draft form. Despite reassurances that agreement among member states is possible, the official press release from the Council of the European Union’s meeting in December 2014 revealed that a general approach could not be reached. And with flexibility clauses now being tabled to make quantitative objectives more palatable, it is safe to say that the pace of negotiations looks set to remain protracted.

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