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Survey reveals that female students fear entering “gendered” job sectors, while both male and female students believe that getting to the top of their chosen career will be the greatest challenge
London, 10th March 2015 – The 30% Club today announces the results of the Students’ Aspiration Survey. The survey, the first of its kind, was piloted at the University of Cambridge throughout January and February and encouraged students to answer a series of questions on university culture and perceived career support. It was intended to provide insight into how students aged 18-25, particularly women, feel their university experiences shape and influence their aspirations for the future.
WOMEN now represent 30% of all new appointments to the boards of ASX 200 companies – compared with an extraordinarily low 5% in 2009 before the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI), and others, began the campaign for more diversity in Australian boardrooms. We welcome the news and look forward to working with the ACSI as the 30% Club launches in Australia. By the end of 2014, women were occupying almost 300 seats in ASX 200 boardrooms (19.3% of all directors), which was a more than doubled presence since 2010.
London, 13 January 2015 – The 30% Club has today launched the Students’ Aspiration Survey. The survey, the first of its kind, is intended to provide insight into how students aged 18-25, particularly women, feel their university experiences shape and influence their aspirations for the future.
January 12th, 2015 – The 30% Club’s new partnership with Speakers for Schools launches today with a debate on the theme of “Equality Across the Board”, as a start to a campaign to encourage the ambitions and talent of young girls as the next generation of female leaders. Helena Morrissey, CEO of Newton Investment Management and Founder of The 30% Club will moderate a discussion between Sir Roger Carr (Chairman, BAE Systems), Douglas Flint (Group Chairman, HSBC), Sir Nicholas Montagu (Chairman, Financial Ombudsman Service) and Fiona Dunsire (Mercer UK) and the Head Boy, Samuel Wilson, and Head Girl, Sara Sadek-Attalla, of the St Angela’s Ursuline School in Newham.
December 2nd, 2014 – At a seminar in London ‘#30pctalent’, hosted by BNY Mellon, the 30% Club set out the next steps for accelerating change towards better gender balance by turning the attention to nurturing young female talent from ‘schoolroom to boardroom’. This was the 30% Club’s first seminar focused on pre-work and early careers, aiming to fill gaps where no programme exists as the 30% Club tries to develop a continuum of accelerated change.
Dublin, 25th November, 2014: Irish business leaders have called on corporate Ireland to support better gender balance at all levels of organisations. Marie O’Connor, 30% Club Leader in Ireland and partner at PwC urged CEOs and Chairmen to join a global movement called the ‘30% Club’, which aims to reach a 30% female gender balance on Irish boards and executive management level by 2020.Ms O’Connor was speaking at a conferencetoday hosted by Ibec and the Department of Justice and Equality at Dublin Castle.
The findings of the FTfm survey into the experiences of women in the fund management industry make for sobering reading. It is depressing that in the 21st century so many women report sexism in any workplace, let alone my own industry. The survey results are not, however, entirely surprising. There is an overt commitment to create an inclusive environment at most firms, but we all know it takes a long time to change deeply ingrained behaviours.
This research found that the old adage of ‘who you know’ continues to matter as much as ‘what you know’ when it comes to finding out about and securing a board appointment. Developing and maintaining a wide variety of professional relationships is a crucial element to career success as it leverages and gives visibility to an individual’s capabilities. Overall in 78% of board appointments contacts played a role during the recruitment process in alerting candidates to roles, helping with information on the organisation/industry/people and acting as advocates or references at interview. But it’s not just about handing around and collecting business cards it’s about developing and sharing interests in specific topics over a whole career, with the right people.