To break glass ceilings, tackle family gender norms

I commend Ms Rachael Boon for advocating boardroom diversity as a prime topic of our national conversation ("How queen bees and old boys' clubs preserve glass ceilings"; Nov 23).

The advantages of attaining gender equality in the boardroom are evident. We should also pay attention to our approach in addressing this issue. To effectively enact change, we have to examine the more entrenched processes that propagate this inequality.

It stems from family norms and expectations that society at large still holds towards women. Women inevitably embrace and embody these as a result of socialisation.

Our national conversation should also be about recalibrating family gender roles and implementing family-friendly work policies to make both the workplace and boardroom conducive for gender equality.

Ethel Tan Hui Yan (Ms)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 26, 2016, with the headline 'To break glass ceilings, tackle family gender norms'. Print Edition | Subscribe