This edited collection provides a structured and in-depth analysis of the current use of quota strategies for resolving the pressing issue of gender inequality, and the lack of female representation on corporate boards. Filling the gap in existing literature on this topic, the two volumes of Gender Diversity in the Boardroom offers systematic overviews of current debates surrounding the optimisation of gender diversity, and the suggested pathways for progress. Focusing on sixteen European countries, the skilled contributors explore the current situation in relation to women on boards debates and approaches taken. They include detailed reflections from critical stakeholders, such as politicians, practitioners and policy-makers. Volume 1 focuses on eight European countries having adopted quotas and is a promising and highly valuable resource for academics, practitioners, policy makers and anyone interested in gender diversity because it examines and critiques the current corporate governance system and national strategies for increasing the share of women not only on boards, but within companies beyond the boardroom.
Cathrine Seierstad is Lecturer in International Human Resource Management at Queen Mary University of London, UK, where she is also a member of CRED (Centre for Research in Equality and Diversity).
Patricia Gabaldon is Assistant Professor of Economic Environment at IE Business School in Madrid, Spain.
Heike Mensi-Klarbach is Guest Professor for Gender and Diversity at Leibniz University Hanover, Germany.
1. Setting the Scene: Women on Boards in Countries with Quota Regulations; Heike Mensi-Klarbach, Cathrine Seierstad and Patricia Gabaldon.- 2. Gender Quotas on Corporate Boards in Norway: 10 Years Later and Lessons Learned; Cathrine Seierstad and Morten Huse.- 3. Spain - Gender Diversity on Boards in Spain: A Non-Mandatory Quota; Patricia Gabaldon and Daniela Gimenez.- 4. Gender Diversity on Boards in Iceland: Pathway to Gender Quota Law Following a Financial Crisis; Audur Arna Arnadottir and Throstur Olaf Sigurjonsson.- 5. France - Gender Diversity on French Boards: Examples of Success from a Hard Law; Emmanuel Zenou, Isabelle Allemand and Bénédicte Brullebaut.- 6. Women on Boards in Italy: The Pressure of Public Policies; Alessandra Rigolini and Morten Huse.- 7. Belgium - Male/Female United in the Board Room; Abigail Levrau.- 8. The Netherlands - Gender Diversity on Corporate Boards in the Netherlands: Waiting on the World to Change; Sonja Kruisinga and Linda Senden.- 9. Germany - Women's Access to Boards in Germany: Regulation and Symbolic Change; Anja Kirsch.- 10. Gender Diversity in the Boardroom: The Multiple Versions of Quota Laws in Europe; Patricia Gabaldon, Heike Mensi-Klarbach and Cathrine Seierstad.