Gender Diversity on Boards in New Zealand: Followers Not Leaders

8 Pages Posted: 4 Mar 2013

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Susan Watson

University of Auckland Faculty of Law

Date Written: September 4, 2013

Abstract

New Zealand has the reputation as a pioneering nation in policy reform- it was the first to introduce a comprehensive no fault based system for accident compensation, it had an early form of the welfare state, it embraced the economic reforms of the 1980s, and it was the first country to allow votes for women. At one time its Prime Minister, Chief Justice and Governor-General were all women. But things have not moved so proactively in the board room, where women’s representation on listed company boards remains at around eight percent and where the reform process has been driven by reforms in other countries.

Keywords: corporate law, board diversity

JEL Classification: K22

Suggested Citation

Watson, Susan Mary, Gender Diversity on Boards in New Zealand: Followers Not Leaders (September 4, 2013). Australian Journal of Corporate Law Vol. 2012, No. 27. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2228405

Susan Mary Watson (Contact Author)

University of Auckland Faculty of Law ( email )

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Auckland Mail Centre
Auckland, 1142
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