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Missing women in the boardrooms: across the board

Shashi Kartikeyan (Sage Sustainability, Bengaluru, India)
Shabnam Priyadarshini (Department of Human Resource Management, Institute of Management Technology, Hyderabad, India)

Human Resource Management International Digest

ISSN: 0967-0734

Article publication date: 10 July 2017




This paper aims to highlight the under-representation of women in leadership positions across the world.


The authors add their unbiased views in presenting the most relevant information found in literature.


The paper examines the representation of women in the leadership positions such as board members and/or CEOs/top executives in the corporate world across the globe to understand the new developments that may be changing the status quo. This is a review of legislative changes on bringing parity in boardrooms and its impacts in certain countries where such changes are already implemented. The changes implemented through quotas, penalties, and incentives for including women in boardrooms in certain countries in Europe, Australia, Canada, India, and Kenya show that finally the absence of women in boardrooms has been noticed. The countries are moving towards legal compliance; however, there is still a dearth of women CEOs around the world.

Practical implications

The paper points toward the fact that the interventions that have happened are late and have failed capable women who could have reached their full professional potential in the western world. Also, taking a cue, the rest of the world can impose sufficient and timely legislative change to leapfrog to a gender equal society at every level, including at the top.


The paper compiles the most significant facts and figures and presents them in a very concise manner for any busy executive or researcher thus saving hours of reading time.



Kartikeyan, S. and Priyadarshini, S. (2017), "Missing women in the boardrooms: across the board", Human Resource Management International Digest, Vol. 25 No. 5, pp. 4-6.



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