Why are there so few women on the boards of British charities?
New research published this month by Charity Finance magazine highlighted that women are still under-represented on boards of top UK charities. Women make up just 31% of board members of the top 100 charities. More than a quarter of these organisations have fewer than 25% of women in their boardrooms, so there is clearly a lot of room for improvement.
Admittedly, the charity sector is way ahead of the private sector in terms of progressing women on to boards, but men still have the lion’s share of top jobs. Just 12% of chairs are women, a surprisingly low figure given that charities employ so many females. So why are so few charities failing to prioritise the progression and positive contribution of women?