I saw this tweet by UN women, and RTing it was a no brainer. It was an interesting observation, particularly since there are growing voices about sexism among software related professionals. A few months back, at some Indian coders gathering (I forget) someone had made a comment about women mistaking the room for the kitchen. Yesterday, Mother Jones carried a superb article along similar lines. So this was already a subject on my mind.
#Womensrights group protests @Facebook's all-male board http://owl.li/ayX0O
And the replies started coming in. Many liked, retweeted, agreed, but about half were notably hostile to the issue being raised at all. Quoting some here for the sheer diversity in racial or sexual chauvinism on display. The post sure touched a lot of raw nerves for reasons unknown.
@Vidyut 100% of Huggies users are toddlers, 'responsible' for ALL their revenues. By your logic, they shuldn't have ANY adults on the board
...which got me wondering what the composition of boards of companies selling feminine hygiene products be. It was an interesting thought with a lot of potential to show how power plays out in our country's system seeing as how it is fair and best in the world when it comes to acknowledging the contribution of women (as per Nirupama Rao). So, I thought I'd take a look.
P&G India board of directors has one woman, a foreigner. They sell Whisper Sanitary Napkins and Tampax - to address the tweet that started it.Kimberley-Clarke board of directors has two women. The entire board seems foreigners at a quick glance. They don't have an India specific presence looks like. They sell Kotex Sanitary Napkins.Johnson and Johnson India limited leaders speak page for India has profiles of three men only. Can't make out if these are all. However their international board of directors has three women.
It seems that women are under represented in the corridors of power, and it makes men jittery if this is brought up. All in all, a good subject to snoop. 🙂