'Quotas not best route for women'
THERE is no room for complacency in efforts to ensure more women obtain top roles in public life, a leading US diplomat has told a gathering of senior female police officers in Belfast.
But Barbara Stephenson, a former minister in the US Embassy in London and one-time consul general in Northern Ireland, insisted quotas were not the way to achieve greater workplace parity between the sexes.
Ms Stephenson, now dean of leadership and management at a training institute for US diplomats in Washington, was keynote speaker at the national Senior Women in Policing conference.
The two-day event, which has come to Northern Ireland for the first time, marks the last major engagement for outgoing PSNI Deputy Chief Constable Judith Gillespie – the service's highest ranking woman.
Ms Stephenson said a "stalling" of the drive to achieve more top ranking females in the US diplomatic service was being mirrored in organisations such as the PSNI.