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Women on Boards in Ireland 2013

Research Reports

'Women on Boards in Ireland 2013' details the findings of in-depth research undertaken in January 2013 with 155 IoD women members who hold directorship positions in Ireland.

The aim of the research was to examine their experiences as a director, seek views on the barriers, if any, which they may have faced in accessing the boardroom and to ask for opinions on how gender diversity across boardrooms in Ireland can be improved.

Key results:

  • 58% of women say that gender diversity on the board on which they sit has improved in the last five years
  • 68% of women surveyed have undertaken formal director training
  • 94% of women surveyed feel equal in the boardroom
  • 55% say women do not have equal access to information about available directorship positions
  • 72% say greater transparency in the appointment process is needed to enable more women to be appointed as directors in Ireland
  • 81% say women themselves need to take some responsibility for the low level of women on boards in Ireland