Board of Deputies ‘has moved backwards’ on women’s leadership, former President says


By Commission on W...
March 2, 2012
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Jo Wagerman, the only woman ever to have served as President of the Board of Deputies, this week lamented the organisation’s progress since her time there.

Speaking at an event organised by UCL J-soc and UJS and chaired by Laura Marks of the Commission on Women in Leadership, Ms Wagerman said:

“Sadly, it seems as though the Board has actually moved backwards in terms of women's leadership since 1985. There are no women in senior roles in the Board where they can be pro-active, and carry responsibility; roles which lead to candidacy for Vice-President and President.”

Ms Wagerman was speaking as part of a panel convened to consider the glass ceiling in the Jewish community for women. The event featured such high profile women as Baroness Ruth Deech, Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, Jo Wagerman and Noga Zivan, CEO of ORT UK.

Wealth and women’s bodies were highlighted as the ‘elephants in the women’s room’ which acted as barriers to success. Read the full UJS press notice here: www.ujs.org.uk/news/712/two-elephants-in-the-women-s-room

The Commission on Women in Leadership is an initiative of the Jewish Leadership Council.
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