The queue of men lining up to be awarded ‘Toadies’ is growing

I’ve just sent the following email to Elin Hurvenes, the founder of the ‘Professional Boards Forum’:

Ms Hurvenes, good evening. I see from your website that some 19 people have confirmed their intention to attend your meeting on 9 May:

Jeff Harris:Chairman, Filtrona plc, Cookson Group

Paul Drechsler: Chairman, Wates Group

Marcus Agius: Group Chairman, Barclays Bank plc

Alison Carnwath: Chairman, Land Securities Group plc

Sir Sandy Crombie: Senior Independent Non-Executive Director, Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc

Sir Philip Hampton: Chairman, Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc

Robert Lerwill: Chairman, Synergy Health plc

Glen Moreno: Chairman, Pearson plc

Mike McTighe: Chairman, JJB Sports plc

Robert Swannell: Chairman, Marks & Spencer plc

Sir Colin Terry: CEO, Meggitt plc

Katherine Garrett-Cox: Non-Executive Director, Alliance Trust plc

Nick Land: Chairman, Vodafone plc

Simon Fraser: Foreign & Colonial Investment Trust plc

Donald Brydon: Royal Mail Group Ltd, Smiths Group plc

Dick Olver: Chairman, BAE Systems plc

Corrie Shanahan: Manager, IFC Corp (World Bank)

Sir Peter Middelton: Chairman, Marsh & McLennan Companies

John Allan: Chairman, Dixons Retail plc

Perhaps you’d like to give them advance warning that if they attend your meeting they – the men, anyway – can expect to be presented with ‘Toady’ certificates upon arrival? And that reporters from at least two leading newspapers will wish to interview them about their support for the ‘gender balance in the boardroom’ initiative? I’m sure you’d prefer to spare them some embarrassment. Thank you.
Oh, one final thing, I almost forgot. I should like to invite you to debate with me the case for ‘improved gender balance in the boardroom’ in the national media, maybe in the feminist-friendly BBC radio programme Woman’s Hour. Or maybe Jane Scott would like to do so? I should be happy to seek to set up these debates, and would ask only that you provide me in advance of such debates with something I’ve already asked you for, the evidence for the alleged positive causal link between ‘improved’ gender balance in the boardroom and improved corporate performance.
Have a nice day.

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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5 Responses to The queue of men lining up to be awarded ‘Toadies’ is growing

  1. mananon says:

    Gender balance in our classrooms ie more male teachers is probably more important than gender balance in boardrooms. I don’t see people campaigning for that though…

    • Mananon, I take your point. I think, however, that ‘gender balance in the boardroom’ is an assault on one of the foundations of the business sector, meritocracy. And if the business sector pays less tax, because it’s less profitable, that will affect the money available for public education and a lot more besides.

      • mananon says:

        Of course. I should have said the people who support campaigns for more “equality” in the boardroom are rarely seen making similar demands for equality in the classroom – even though there is definitive proof of the positive impact male teachers can have on boys’ education. I was saying many of these demands for equality are as a point of principal – equality is a good thing in and of itself – yet no such corresponding demands are made on behalf of men and boys even though there is substantive proof of the good impact men have in education. I take your point entirely that business competitiveness is vital for all our sakes, and what many people forget is if it wasn’t for these men in these company boardrooms we would all be a lot worse off.

      • I agree entirely. All the effort over 30+ years has been to get more women into formerly male-typical roles (e.g. doctors) and never more men into female-typical roles (e.g. nurses). I’m seking some information about the gender of applicants for medical courses (successful and otherwise) under The Freedom of Information Act and I’ll provide further details in due course.

        The Anti-Feminism League is currently focusing its efforts on ‘gender balance in the boardroom’ because we believe the arguments against ‘improving’ gender balance in the boardroom are particularly strong.

  2. Jose Rodrigues says:

    Wonderful conclusion

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