A new report from Britain’s Equality and Human Rights Commission – Sex and Power 2011 – contains a headline-grabbing factoid:
If women were to achieve equal representation among Britain’s 26,000 top positions of power, the Commission estimates that 5,400 ‘missing’ women would rise through the ranks to positions of real influence.
I am not much of a betting woman, but the leadership vacuum at the top of London’s Metropolitan Police has created something of a frenzy of interest at the country’s bookmakers.
The two top jobs at Scotland Yard are up for grabs, as Sir Paul Stephenson, commissioner, and John Yates, assistant commissioner, have fallen on their swords in the phone-hacking scandal. Two of Britain’s most senior policewomen are in the running; were either of them to be successful, it would be a first for the Met.