Why we need to keep talking about gender and leadership


Judith Smith, Director of Policy, Nuffield Trust writes for HSMC viewpoint about Why we need to keep talking about gender and leadership. The original article and other posts for HSMC viewoint can be found here.

In 1987, like generations of NHS graduate management trainees, I made my way to Harrogate for the 2-day assessment centre which determined which bright-eyed and bushy-tailed graduates were to be admitted to the national scheme.  I can still recall how surprised and impressed I was that the final appointments panel was chaired by a woman chief executive, and that she took time during the interview to talk to me about the NHS’ opportunities and support for women managers.  Bear in mind that a similar interview for the then British Rail scheme, I had been asked why ever a woman would be interested in trains, and at another for the electricity supply industry, I found myself completely surrounded by male engineers and aspirant trainees.

So do we still need to keep talking about gender and leadership almost 30 years later, or is this yesterday’s issue?  There seems to be more positive news for women where NHS management is concerned: between 60 and 70% of trainees entering the NHS graduate scheme in the past three years have been female[1], and 36%[2]of NHS Chief Executives are women.

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Women Speak Out Exhibition: Miss Representation Screening


When: 29/11/14 (14:00-16:00)       Where: Library of Birmingham
Like drawing back a curtain to let bright light stream in, Miss Representation uncovers a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see. Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself.

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Launch of the British Society of Criminology Midlands Regional Network: Gender, Crime and Justice

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Launch of the British Society of Criminology Midlands Regional Network: Gender, Crime and Justice

Date: Wednesday 15 October 2014
Time: 6 pm – 8 pm
Location: City site, Nottingham Trent University, NG1 4BU
The relaunch of the British Society of Criminology (BSC) Midlands Regional Network will take place at Nottingham Trent University on the 15 October 2014. The seminar will address the theme of Gender, Crime and Justice. The next evening seminar will be held at Derby University on the 26 November 2014. The session will examine aspects of Policing in the 21st Century. On the 4 March 2015, Loughborough University will be addressing the theme of the Crime Drop.