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OLD BOY NETWORK keeping women out of boardroom, says report. Many top businesses are paying lip service to improving representation of women on boards, warns equality commission.
old boy network (chiefly British)
- an informal system through which men are thought to use their positions of influence to help others who went to the same school or university as they did, or who share a similar social background.
An old boy network, or society (also old boys' club), can refer to social and business connections among former pupils of male-only private schools.
The term originated from much of the British elite having attended certain public schools as boys, thus former pupils are "old boys".
Don't think that the old boy network is an exclusively male domain, Maggie Thatcher studied at Oxford University - but most of her cabinet were still Oxford old boys.
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