The pandemic has pushed back gender parity across the UK FTSE 350 to 2036, with women holding just 22% of all executive committee roles. Just 15 of the top companies have female chief executives. While we’ve made some progress in recent years, what needs to change to reach true equality? ICAEW's Susanna Di Feliciantonio and Jane Berney discuss the issue with a panel of experts.
Articles celebrating 100 years of women in chartered accountancy
Throughout 2019 and 2020, ICAEW published a series of articles describing the past and current situation of female chartered accountants. They formed part of the celebrations of female chartered accountants that took place during Fiona Wilkinson's presidential tenure.
8 March 2021: More than a third of FTSE 350 board positions are now held by women, an increase of 50% over the past five years. However, the numbers disguise a mixed picture.
21 December 2020: In November, ICAEW collaborated with The British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong to co-host a webinar with over a hundred attendees
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21 May 2020: Claire Fitzsimons, Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University, considers the future of board gender diversity as new ways of working evolve following the COVID-19 pandemic.
Any celebration of how far women have come needs to recognise how far we have to go. Real change is about new ways of thinking rather than new faces, says Rachel Willcox.
6 March 2020: ICAEW celebrates 100 years of women in chartered accountancy with a full programme of centenary initiatives, along with ways to engage with International Women’s Day 2020.
5 February 2020: while last year saw a record number of women on FTSE 350 boards, closing the gender pay gap is not a straightforward task. What can businesses do to address gender imbalances and why does it make good business sense to do so?
8 January 2020: being overboarded – or serving on more than three corporate boards – is emerging as a women’s issue. In MSCI’s Women on Boards 2019 Progress Report, 22% of women were found to be overboarded compared with 12% of men.
In celebration of 100 years of women as chartered accountants, economia asked ICAEW’s early female members to tell us their stories