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Session 58

A new law in California says that companies must have at least one women on their boards - but not everyone's happy. Neil and Tom discuss the language from this story.

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News Review

California law says women must be on company boards

Companies in California have three years to implement a new law that requires at least one women to be on the board of any company listed on the stock market.

Language challenge

'Our workers come from all over the world. We are a ______ company.'

a) inverse
b) converse
c) diverse

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The story

California's requirement that companies listed on the stock market have at least one woman on their board was fought hard by business lobby groups. Well, now the law has passed they are not happy and warn it could be difficult to implement.

Almost 100 big firms which have got their headquarters in California have no women at all in their boardroom and they've now got three years to make the appointments or face fines of up to $300,000.

Key words and phrases

considers; thinks about (something) carefully
• He often ponders his future.
• I have been pondering over which colour to paint my house.

it's high time
it's overdue; it should have happened already
• It's high time we had a smoking ban!
• When are you two going to get married? It's high time you did!

raise their hands
volunteer; express a desire to become involved in something
• Several people raised their hands when the boss emailed to ask for a volunteer.
• Thank you for raising your hand and taking control of the project.

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Language challenge - answer

c) diverse


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