Governance NZ

NZ ranked among worst in world for women on boards

New Women on Boards Chair, Julie Hardaker, says she is saddened at the findings of the latest report issued by Grant Thornton International revealing the decline of women at the top in NZ companies.

Ms Hardaker has spent the past year researching how gender stereotypes cause backlash against women leadership.

"Women are stereotyped as softer and more gentle and nurturing, and therefore when women leaders are not exhibiting behaviours that are consistent with those ... it is not accepted widely and there's a lot of undermining that goes on," says Ms Hardaker. "Change has to come from the top, which was where the culture of a company is embedded".