The messaging on this topic can be quite varied but this article gives us all signs of progress. That said there is a long way to go, not want to open up the Brexit debate but in some European Countries there is a legal requirement for women on boards of major corporations, I am not sure that this is the right route and if this momentum builds we should see continuous improvement in the UK without legislation.
The list of excuses made by some companies is in today's society quite appalling and there is every good reason to name and shame!
Penny Mordaunt, minister for women and equalities, said “we know that businesses are more likely to enjoy profits above their industry averages” when women were included. “Today, we can see that the top UK companies are taking action, not just because gender equality is morally right, but also because it makes good business sense.” In May the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy released a list of the worst excuses used by bosses to keep women out of the boardroom. Leaders of FTSE 350 companies reportedly claimed women “don’t want the hassle” of sitting on a board, that women struggle with “extremely complex” issues, or that they do not “fit comfortably” into the board environment. The number of women on FTSE 350 boards has more than doubled since 2011, while all-male FTSE 350 boards fell from 152 to five.