Women on boards, is something that keeps on fascinating me. I am not talking about surfboards but on corporate boards, or?
In fact, the gender equality is the same, women who surf and women who serve as board members and it is an excellent mirroring of the discussion in a less dusty format. Surfing is fun, colorful and vibrant compared to the boardroom.
Let me take you to the beach and look at where women and men stand in the equality “board” question today. “The women’s tour features 17 women who compete in seven events compared to the men’s tour that features 34 surfers competing in ten events. The men have more events and they also earn more prize money. There are seven male surfers with career earnings of over a million dollars in prize money. Layne Beachley is the female with the highest career earnings, winning just over $650,000. The next highest female earner after her won almost $200,000 less over their career. The disparity in pay stems from women having fewer events and the difference in the payouts for men and women. The male winner gets about $100,000 an event compared to the female winner who earns about $40,000.” LINK REF.
From board to board, it seems the same to me weather one is surfing waves or corporations. Even surf competitions have implemented quotas for women, but shouldn’t participation be about the willingness to join, your drive to join and your smartness and techniques? Instead of forcing participants to join and see them fail? I leave it there, but think about it next time you go to the beach (or the board room).