Ahrendts' departure was timely, coming on the same day as European Parliament committees voted in favour of draft legislation requiring 40% representation for women among non-executive board members... London, Europe's main financial centre and home to some of the world's largest companies, should be leading the way on this issue.
Of course, power-hungry, war-playing, point-scoring women do exist but they don't make role models, at least not in my books. The women I find inspiring are different. They are successful yet grounded. They achieve their goals but admit challenges along the way.
We all know business and politics are dominated by men. In a rather pathetic indictment of the situation, there are more Eton graduates than women in the Cabinet. But why are we resorting to quotas to address the problem? What happened to skills and talent?
Why should businesses actively pursue a diverse board? Because diversity creates a more innovative, dynamic boardroom, that incorporates more of the varied skills that make a business successful. So what can be done do to get more women into senior positions?
The real issue here is that men are finally starting to be held accountable for their bad behaviour (as a gender) - and they don't like it. It is akin to children throwing their toys out of the pram, because they are asked to share them.
International Women's Day should not be about quotas, which lead to resentment and inappropriate reward, but instead about unceasing promotion of fair talent management. As an industry we must access the full pool of talent available, regardless of gender.
Feminism has long been conflated with self-indulgent, over-entitled melancholy, but to me the difference is clear. The editor
Women shouldn't need quotas because it's now pretty common knowledge that we are every bit as capable of doing the job as well as a man. So logically we should find ourselves equally represented in the boardroom right? We have a level playing field now. Except no, we don't.
Enforcing quotas for the number of women in the boardroom could be a last resort to boost female numbers in executive jobs