Before and after: Effect of gender quota on icelandic landscape of the boards of directors

Inga Minelgaite*, Svala Guðmundsdóttir, Árelía E. Guðmundsdóttir, Olga Stangej

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Women and men do not participate in the national or global economy to the same extent. One of the critical factors in gender equality is access to the boards of directors in both private and public companies, as this is where the highest levels of power are concentrated. Sometimes the result of this historical tendency to exclude women is accompanied by an allusion to “smoke-filled rooms,” where important decisions are made by powerful people. However, with a release of a law to establish gender quotas in Icelandic boards of directors, both the smoke and the men-only corporate boards vanished away in the largest corporations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContributions to Management Science
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameContributions to Management Science
ISSN (Print)1431-1941
ISSN (Electronic)2197-716X

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© 2018, Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature.

Other keywords

  • Boards of directors
  • Gender equality
  • Gender quota
  • Iceland


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