Almost half of state boards falling short of gender diversity target
Nearly half of state boards are falling short of a government target to have women making up at least 40 per cent of their membership.
Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Michael McGrath updated ministers this week on progress to strengthen gender diversity on state boards across the Irish public sector.
There is extensive literature to show that board effectiveness is enhanced where boards are more diverse in their make-up, bringing different views, and experiences to the decisions being brought to the board.
Mr McGrath noted significant progress has been made. By June 2021, over 50 per cent of all state boards met the goal of having at least 40 per cent of both men and women members. At an aggregate level, women make up 45 per cent of all members of state boards.
The minister also reported that in 2020, 54 per cent of all appointments made to state boards were women and that for the first quarter of 2021, this figure was 51.5 per cent.