Corporations

The largest companies in the U.S. – those with gross annual revenues of at least $20 billion – report a larger representation of women and other underrepresented groups on their boards of directors. Seventy percent have at least two women and 53 percent have two or more directors from underrepresented groups. Women managers, however, are increasingly opting out of high-end careers when companies fail to meet their professional needs and goals. Fewer than 15 percent of Fortune 500 officers and directors are women, and graduate business schools (unlike law and medical schools) have far fewer women than men applicants. NCRW is supporting efforts to make the corporate environment more welcoming and the career ladder more accessible to women and people of color.

Gender Imbalance in the Boardroom: Opportunities to Change Course

The ION 2011 Status Report on women directors and executive officers of public companies provides a breadth and depth of regional information not available anywhere else. It addresses the issue of board turnover and the extent to which public companies continue to miss significant opportunities to increase the gender diversity of their boards. “Gender Imbalance in the Boardroom: Opportunities to Change Course” includes data from Fortune 500 companies in 14 geographic areas, as well as hundreds of small and mid-cap businesses that comprise the backbone of U.S. regional economies. Now in its eighth year, the 2011 ION report also offers nominating committees, sitting directors and executive recruiters specific suggestions on how they can increase the momentum of change.

URL: 
http://www.ionwomen.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/ION_StatusReport_2011_FINAL.pdf

The Bottom Line: Corporate Performance and Women’s Representation on Boards (2004-2008)

 The Bottom Line: Corporate Performance and Women’s Representation on Boards (2004–2008) is the fourth in Catalyst’s Business Case series. The business case for women in management contends that companies that achieve diversity and manage it well attain better financial results, on average, than other companies. In this report, Catalyst used three measures to examine financial performance: return on sales (ROS), return on invested capital (ROIC), and return on equity (ROE).

URL: 
http://www.catalyst.org/publication/479/the-bottom-line-corporate-performance-and-womens-representation-on-boards-20042008

2011 Catalyst Census: Fortune 500 Women Board Directors

The 2011 Catalyst Census: Fortune 500 Women Board Directorsexamines women’s representation in corporate governance at the largest companies in the United States. This annual report provides critical statistics to gauge women’s advancement into leadership and highlights the gender diversity gap.
URL: 
http://www.catalyst.org/publication/515/42/2011-catalyst-census-fortune-500-women-board-directors

2011 UC Davis Study of California Women Business Leaders: A Census of Women Directors and Highest-Paid Executives

California’s Glass Ceiling May Take a Century to Crack.

The UC Davis Graduate School of Management in partnership with Watermark publishes the annual "UC Davis Study of California Women Business Leaders: A Census of Women Directors and Executive Officers."

Our seventh annual study details the presence of women at the very top of the 400 largest publicly held corporations headquartered in the state. Our findings paint a disappointing picture of female representation on the boards and in the executive suites of these high-profile companies, which together represent nearly $3 trillion in shareholder value.

Women still hold fewer than one in 10 of the highest-paid executive positions and board seats at the top public firms in California — a rate that has improved by just 0.2 percent annually.

Key Findings of the 2011 Study

URL: 
http://gsm.ucdavis.edu/digital-publication/2011-uc-davis-study-california-women-business-leaders
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