There is a popular notion abroad that women are not risk takers and their mere presence on a bank board will reduce risky strategies and behaviours.
Over the past years there has been an increasing trend of female directors on company boards. A leading factor has been the introduction of gender diversity policies. Already women hold 23% of directorships in the United Kingdom’s top companies, just shy of the government’s target of 25% by 2015.
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