My ‘open email’ to the three speakers at the forthcoming FT seminar ‘Women on Board’ for Non-Executive Directors

Emails with the following content have been sent to the three speakers at the forthcoming FT seminar (March 7). They are Carol Rosati (Director, Harvey Nash), Helena Morrissey (Director, Newton) and Robert Swannell (Chairman, M&S):
Good afternoon, and let me introduce myself. I’m one of three British writers (Steve Moxon and Swayne O’Pie are the others) with a professional interest in gender matters. Between us we’ve had five titles published in the past four years with a particular focus on the nature and consequences of modern feminism:
The Woman Racket (2008)
David and Goliatha: David Cameron – heir to Harman? (2010)
The Glass Ceiling Delusion: the real reasons more women don’t reach senior positions (2011)
Why Britain Hates Men: Exposing Feminism (2011)
Feminism: the ugly truth (2012)
I note that you will be one of three speakers at a forthcoming Financial Times seminar for Non-Executive Directors titled, ‘Women on Board’, hence this email. I pose to you the same challenge I’ve posed to numerous high-profile supporters of ‘more women in the boardroom’ in recent years. Along with my two fellow writers I challenge you to provide evidence (by means of an email communication with attachments – if necessary – to myself only, by 5p.m. on 6 March, please) for the oft-claimed positive causal link between increasing female representation on boards, and improved corporate performance. The only study we’re aware of conducted by independent researchers (i.e. not feminist ideologues ‘cherry picking’ data which suits them and ignoring data which doesn’t) shows a link, but unfortunately a negative one: the University of Michigan study (Ken Ahern & Amy Dittmar) on boards in Norway, of which you’re presumably aware, given your interest in this topic?
Among the high-profile supporters of ‘improved gender balance in the boardroom’ to whom I’ve also posed this challenge in recent times – you can see a number on my blog – are David Cameron and Ilene Lang, President and CEO of the American campaign group Catalyst. No evidence has (to date) been forthcoming either from these individuals, or others. I’m not surprised. To the best of the knowledge of Steve Moxon, Swayne O’Pie and myself, there is no such evidence.
The attached document was mailed earlier today to the Editor of a leading British newspaper.

About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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