Research shows sport is commonly a bastion for male dominance and privilege.
The only predictor of boards reaching 30% female directors is if it has a director who sits on another board that has already met the target.
If the FTSE 100 can do it, then the public sector can also wake up to the benefits of female representation.
Female entrepreneurs still face substantial barriers to international expansion, including perceived discrimination in the Australian capital markets -- and that may limit Australia's economic growth.
The UK-based 30% Club, which aims to increase the number of women on boards is coming to Australia. But does its back-room approach really work?