The segment on the “Women in Fund Management Report” aired tonight on CBS Evening News! I big thank you to Kelly Wallace and the producers at CBS.
Click HERE to see the segment, to read the transcript and to leave a comment on the CBS site. ( especially if it is a nice one!!)
“If there had been a critical mass of women over a period of time at the decision-making tables, would we be in the place that we are in today? I don’t think so,” Zehner said.
Let me say it again. I truly don’t think so. This in one woman’s opinion and last time I checked everyone is entitled to one and I am proud to say mine is based on a lot of evidence. (sorry I am a little cranky about some of the mean, unsupported comments I received) For those who disagree I would love to see their report that would suggest otherwise. I showed you my evidence, now please, show me yours.
The reality is we will never know if the “greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression” could have been either avoided or tempered if we had more balanced board rooms, risk management teams and leadership. We will never know. But can we all please agree, at least, that those in power did not do that great of a job? Can we please just acknowledge that it is a fact that the vast majority of people in decision making seats are men and perhaps, just perhaps that by adding women – smart women, wise women, insightful women – in critical mass, we might improve the quality of decision making. I am not saying women are smarter then men, or more moral, or or…. what I am saying is that diversity of thinking, of perspective, of backgrounds improves decision making. Read the evidence. This is not ‘feminist propoganda’ as one person commented, this is logical. It makes sense.
For the record………….
I believe in a more balanced world and not one were our collective futures are being shaped by those that represent only 1/2 of the population. I believe there are smart, talented men AND women and both deserve to have their seat at the table. I believe we have the hope of a better future if the best minds are asked to solve our world’s problems and not just the best minds that are part of the ‘club’ or of one gender.
A heartfelt thank you to CBS for putting this evidence out there in the world and for allowing one women with a deep passion for gender balance, to share her views.