Growing inequality

The gap between rich and poor is growing in New Zealand and so too are other sorts of inequality.

Today the University of Canterbury put out a media release raising concerns about the decline in the number of women on NZX Top 100 boards. In 2012, 14.9 percent of those positions were filled by women and the EEO trust noted it would take 35 years to achieve equality. At the time there was also a belief that the number of women on boards would increase, albeit slowly, because of the diversity reporting measures being put in place by NZX. Today we found out that despite these measures the number of women on these boards has declined to 12 percent.

This disappointment has been matched by a decline in the number of women the Government has appointed to boards, after they lowered their target from 50 percent to 45 percent.

The Ministry of Women’s Affairs spend much of their efforts on creating a database of women available for board appointments. These women are available – 60 percent of graduated students in New Zealand universities are women, and 55 percent of women aged 19-29 aspire to be general managers.

The lack of progress on the number of women in governance positions is not because women aren’t ‘leaning in’. It is not because women aren’t skilled or talented enough. It is not the women we need to fix, it’s the system.

4 Comments Posted

  1. Karen – a lot of people would share the same sentiments.

    Politics is driven by the power of money vested into the hands of a very small but extremely influential group. Many of them are distorted personalities and clinically sick.

    “Economics” used as the excuse for most business dominated decisions is based on a narrow channeled set of considerations toward making the ponzi capitalist system feed even more to the top group and subjugate the rest to diminishing wealth or even less basics for survival such as food or shelter space.

    “Growth” ensures that inequity will increase and environmental destruction at increasing rates are also ensured.

    There is no logic to what is happening a apart that to fatten the rich and push the myth that enough crumbs will fall off their table to feed the vermin.

    Lets not be divided with a male / female contesst but work together exposing and resisting the fiasco foisted upon us all by powerful few and their international organisations.

    For a start get together some understanding of how banks form the core of our “economics”. What we put up with is ludicrous but politicians dare not oppose it. There are many other approaches, for example:

    I have yet to talk with an economist who takes into account the finite nature of Nonrenewable natural resources and the plain situation that we have used up two thirds of what can ever be available in the short space of 150 years. The rate of consumption is increasing – but not for much longer.

  2. I think that the issue is ‘why would women want to have those positions’? It’s like the old adage’ anyone who WANTS to be an MP shouldn’t be one’ I personally do not have the selfish, materialistic, narcissistic personality that are necessary qualities to be a leader of a big corporation or a politician!!!
    Often women in these positions are just men in dresses! Look at Thatcher, she did not have a single compassionate bone in her body, if being ‘at the top’ is the complete antithesis of who I am as a women, then it’s not worth it.

  3. “The lack of progress on the number of women in governance positions is not because women aren’t ‘leaning in’. It is not because women aren’t skilled or talented enough. It is not the women we need to fix, it’s the system.”

    O.K, so clearly explain “the system” as you see it. Give reasons (from the women themselves, if necessary) as to why they have not “made the grade”. I’m a bit tired of listening to or reading cliches which might be correct but then, again, the vagueness does not help the rest of us get the true picture.

  4. You only have to look at the Govt. MPs to confirm this.. ‘middle-aged, mostly pakeha, males.. in pin-stripes’

    I hear that Aotearoa/NZ economy is ‘going from strength to strength’ this must be why I got an extra $2 in my benefit payment recently !

    …must be my share in the ‘brighter future’ Key promised us all ?

    kia ora Jan

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