Women’s Minister Julie Anne Genter says old white men need to “move on” from company boards to help close the gender pay gap.
What a terrible thing to say.
One can and should advocate for company boards being more diverse. But you do it by promoting the virtues of diversity, not by denigrating existing directors as old, white men who should move on.
“Some of them need to move on and allow for diversity and new talent,” she said, later clarifying she had “no problem with old white men” on company boards generally.
Genter makes the mistake of treating this as a zero sum game.