Councilwoman Pushes Increased Female Presence On Corporate Boards
Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown—last seen pleading to ethic violations involving the misuse of her campaign funds—has decided there aren’t enough women on corporate boards. Newsworks reports:
A Philadelphia politician wants to require that companies hoping to do business with the city disclose how many women executives and board members they have.
City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown said the bill is the product of a great deal of number crunching.
“Less than — I repeat — less than 1 percent of boards in the city of Philadelphia have women of color sitting on their boards,” said Reynolds Brown. “Eleven percent, or 36 of the largest companies in the region, have no women sitting on their board. Zero.”
The article goes on to say that it’s in a company’s self-interest to cultivate diversity on its board and get a number of different points of view. And that sounds great! But Reynolds Brown probably isn’t the best person to be making the case. Best we can tell, she’s proof that women who join the Good Ol’ Boys Club are just as easily corrupted as, well, the boys. Surely there’s a better messenger in this case?