So this snippet in the AFR caught my eye (emphasis added):
During her keynote address to the Business Council of Australia’s recent annual dinner, Prime Minister Julia Gillard said that she was looking forward to seeing a healthier flow of women up to the top leadership roles in business, “where I’m sure that in a couple of years’ time I won’t still find myself meeting with boards where the only other woman is serving food”. In saying this, the PM would have observed about 95 per cent of the BCA dinner attendees were white Caucasian males, with very few women present. Although the catering staff serving the food did seem to be about half male and female. One of the few women CEOs attending told me that the event made her feel like an imposter who didn’t belong in a room of Australia’s leading CEOs and Chairmen.
My first thought was that if anyone is so busy wondering about their gender they’re probably not thinking too much about the shareholders. I’m quite sure that if the shareholders are happy with their returns that they couldn’t care less about the management of the firm, or the gender distribution of the board.