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.
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