Advancing Women's Leadership

Women currently make up 15 percent of corporate management, 16 percent of law partners, and less than 3 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs. NCRW and its partners are working to improve these numbers as they work toward a critical mass, often viewed as 30 percent representation, across sectors to benefit the economy and society through women’s talents and perspectives. Without sufficient numbers, women’s ideas, views and analyses risk being marginalized or perceived as representing a narrow minority. With greater access to opportunities and positions of influence, the likelihood of acceptance and professional success for women and people of color increases.

When Women Rank High, Firms Profit

Data suggesting that firms that promote women to senior management positions have superior economic performance because of the different skills women bring to the table.
 

URL: 
http://www4.gsb.columbia.edu/ideasatwork/feature/137194/When+women+rank+high,+firms+profit?&layout=cbs_print&top.region=main

Doing Business: Women in Africa

Report Promotes Reforms for Women’s Entrepreuneurship and focuses on women entrepreneurs from Cameroon, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, and Uganda.
 

URL: 
http://www.doingbusiness.org/documents/women_in_Africa.pdf

Gender Equality as Smart Economics: First Year Progress Report (January 2007- January 2008)

This report provides the first update of Gender Equality as Smart Economics: A World
Bank Group Gender Action Plan (GAP), a year after implementation began in January
2007. The plan commits the Bank Group to ‘do more’ to help achieve gender equality by
more fully utilizing its comparative advantage in the economic sectors and in analytical
work.
The plan’s objective is to advance women’s economic empowerment in Bank client
countries to promote shared growth and accelerate implementation of MDG3. It does so
by making markets work for women (at the policy level) and empowering women to
compete in markets (at the individual level), focusing on four key markets: land, labor,
agriculture, and finance, and on infrastructure, which underpins access to all markets. It
has a four-year time frame (FY07-FY11) and four main activities or ‘windows:’

URL: 
http://siteresources.worldbank.org/INTGENDER/Resources/GAPProgressReportFeb26_2008.pdf

Women in the Boardroom 2008: Annual Study of Georgia Public Companies

For sixteen years, BDN has been gathering data for this annual study to measure the representation of women in the boardrooms of public companies with headquarters based in Georgia.
 

URL: 
http://boarddirectorsnetwork.org/docs/2008_study.pdf

Critical Mass: Does the Number of Women on a Corporate Board Make a Difference?

A study on women corporate board members that demonstrate the importance of numbers in how women leaders view themselves and how others view them.
 

URL: 
http://books.google.com/books?id=KlfsSp9XcFsC&pg=PA222&lpg=PA222&dq=%22Critical+Mass:+Does+the+Number+of+Women+on+a+Corporate+Board+Make+a+Difference%3F%22&source=bl&ots=wI30hErNVw&sig=c8RNwWQJtLkB75yAeWedopRxhak&hl=en&ei=KrlxSqDuNoOHtgeDt6SNBA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1#v=onepage&q=%22Critical%20Mass%3A%20Does%20the%20Number%20of%20Women%20on%20a%20Corporate%20Board%20Make%20a%20Difference%3F%22&f=false

Increasing Your Effectiveness

Non-profit offering services and information to help organizations and individuals increase their effectiveness.
Page has many links to articles and research on critical mass.
 

URL: 
http://vkramerassociates.com/writings.htm

Advancing Women Leaders: The Connection Between Women Board Directors and Women Corporate Officers

This research shows that the number of women on a company’s board of directors impacts the future of women in its senior leadership. This is significant because earlier Catalyst findings show that Fortune 500 companies with the highest representation of women board directors and women corporate officers, on average, achieve higher financial performance than those with the lowest. The numbers tell the story—a gender-diverse board promotes continued success for women and for business.

URL: 
http://www.catalyst.org/file/229/wco_wbd_web.pdf

2008 Eurofirms Women in PwC Annual Report: Diversity in Action

Launched in 2003, the Eurofirms Women in the PwC Network brings together women and men in leading positions from 20 European countries. It supports the strategic goal of creating a working environment to help them attract and retain the best talent-male and female. This Annual Report looks at the progress made by the network in the past five years. It tells the stories of European countries and provides a flavor of activities and achievements in the area of diversity.
 

URL: 
http://www.pwc.com/gx/en/women-at-pwc/2008-eurofirms-women-in-pwc-annual-report.jhtml

Top Women Tip the Scales

Evidence of a link between the bottom line and women at the top is growing, with McKinsey research showing better-than-average financial performance by European companies with the highest performance of women in influential leadership roles. The report, launched at the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society in Deauville, France, finds these companies do better than their sector in terms of return on equity, operating result, and shared price growth.
 

URL: 
http://www.mckinsey.com/locations/paris/home/womenmatter/pdfs/Press_Clipping_Women.pdf

Women Matter: Gender Diversity, a Corporate Performance Driver

A study that shows with a higher proportion of women in top management, a company may perform better.
 

URL: 
http://www.mckinsey.com/locations/swiss/news_publications/pdf/women_matter_english.pdf
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