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Gender Balance on State Boards in Ireland: To the Forefront of Progress or Concealing the Status Quo?

Berkery, Elaine; Murphy, Caroline; Cross, Christine


Elaine Berkery

Caroline Murphy


In this article, we examine female appointments to government-owned corporations, called State Sponsored Boards (SSBs), in Ireland over a twenty-eight-year period, to analyze the extent to which gender parity has been achieved using voluntary gender targets. Using data from thirty-four SSBs, we found that overall figures relating to the achievement of gender parity on SSBs are masking the reality of female representation on these boards. We have demonstrated that the high concentration of females on particular boards is increasing the overall average gender representation figures, and as a result, a high proportion of boards are not meeting their gender targets. This research provides evidence of the importance of taking a more nuanced approach to examining gender diversity on boards as a whole.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Dec 16, 2022
Publication Date 2024
Deposit Date Jan 10, 2023
Publicly Available Date Jan 10, 2023
Journal Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society
Print ISSN 1072-4745
Electronic ISSN 1468-2893
Publisher Oxford University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 31
Issue 1
Article Number jxac045
Pages 22-48
Keywords Regulation, representation, institutional change
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