The European Central Bank gets criticised for many things these days. On one issue it can offer little by way of defence: the complete lack of women in its top ranks. Gender balance has been “blatantly disregarded” at the euro’s monetary guardian, according to Sharon Bowles, chairwoman of the European Parliament’s economic and monetary affairs committee. She has a point: not one member of the ECB’s six-strong executive board or 23-strong governing council is female.
One possible (sort of) excuse is that female central bankers are a rarity globally. Barely more than 6 per cent of governors globally are women, according to the central bank directory.