I was surprised when i read about Saatchi & Saatchi chairman Kevin Roberts thoughts on gender diversity. Roberts told Business Insider that didn’t think the lack of women in leadership roles was a problem in the advertising industry, and that the debate on Gender inequality in his industry was ‘over.’ -Oh Really?!
Well, according to sources, he stepped down after sparking the roar, and later apologized for his comments. (Read more on The Guardian)
Apology accepted! But i must confess that i didn’t expect that from such a high profile man!
I’m also tempted to ask – Why on earth would he say such a thing? And how many more agree with him?
Certainly not US President, Barack Obama who publicly called himself a feminist. How awesome!
Or Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau who understands what it’s like to be living in the 21 century!
There’s an excellent report by McKinsey on “How advancing women’s equality can add $12 trillion to global growth” which explains in depth why the public, private, and social sectors will need to work on closing gender gaps in work and society. (Read all about it here)
On a separate article, “A CEO’s guide to gender equality“-McKinsey highlights why progress towards gender equality is so slow.
Big as the prize may be, gender equality still eludes companies around the globe. Despite modest improvements in the past few years, women are underrepresented at every level in the corporate pipeline—especially the senior level
The guide offers a solution for executives to think about pressing forward with their own gender initiatives. Read on here