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Getting Women on to Corporate Boards

Getting Women on to Corporate Boards

A Snowball Starting in Norway

Edited by Silke Machold, Morten Huse, Katrin Hansen and Marina Brogi

This book provides unique insights into how the idea of quota laws to get women on to corporate boards gained international momentum from its origins in Norway. Invaluable insights are gained through the stories of actors involved in shaping the discourse and practice on women of boards.

Chapter 13: Stories from four Norwegian multi-board women

Nini Høegh Nergaard, Merete Lütken, Thorhild Widvey, Ingvild Ragna Myhre and Morten Huse

Subjects: business and management, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, gender and management


The label ‘Golden Skirt’ generally has a negative connotation. An objective in Part III has been to go beyond the surface of the multi-board women in Norwegian publicly tradable companies (ASA companies). We have tried to achieve this by taking a closer look at the profiles behind the figures and data on women on ASA companies in Chapter 12, and will follow this up in this chapter by presenting the stories of four of these women directors. Nini Høegh Nergaard, Merete Lütken, Thorhild Widvey and Ingvild Myhre all give presentations about their experiences at the Think Tank in Oslo. For comparative reasons in the following presentations their stories have been sorted to respond to six main questions. These are: Who are you? Why have you been interested in being a board member? How and when were you recruited to boards in ASA companies? What do you perceive to be your particular contribution to boards? What is your perception of the gender balance law? What are your most important lessons when working on boards? My name is Nini Høegh Nergaard, I am 39 years old, married and the mother of two boys. I hold a law degree, but have never practiced as a lawyer. I worked in investment banking for six years before resigning to a more slow-paced family life. I live a suburban life at Snarøya, a peninsula on the Oslo Fjord and a suburb to Oslo. I often introduce myself as a ‘stay-at-home mom’.

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