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Inspire Insider Newsletter April 2015

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2015 seems to be flying by as we hurtle towards the next General Election in the UK.  The fight to capture the female vote is well and truly on, although the efficacy of their messaging remains unclear and who the victors will be in this closely fought campaign, time will tell.
Over in the US, Hillary Clinton has confirmed her intentions to run for President - often described as a marmite candidate she evokes a strong reaction in many, not just Republicans.
Nonetheless, it will be fascinating to watch her progress in the forthcoming months as she works towards a huge moment in history, if she is able to make it happen.
March has also seen the dawn of a new era in India, legislation passed in 2013 mandated all companies listed on the stock exchanges to have at least one woman on its board of directors.
As the deadline approached, many wives and daughters were appointed, leading to protests of tokenism and no real change.  Again, it will be interesting to see the longer-term impact.
In the UK, Cranfield launched the 2015 Female FTSE Board Report, which highlighted how close we are to hitting the target of 25% by the end of 2015.  At 23.5% we are very close indeed, but there is still so much to be done not only in the FTSE250 (up to 18%), but in the rest of the business community.
The pipeline is a very different story, where we have yet to hit double figures (8.6%).  Clearly, we are only at the start of a long journey and to that end, I am delighted to announce our support and involvement with the Board Apprentice scheme.

Carol Rosati
Global Head of Inspire