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.

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.
 

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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

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.

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

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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.
 

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

Women as Change Agents

The increased representation by women among corporate boards continues a trend that has been present for several years; however, women still lag far behind their male counterparts. Both established women directors and those seeking board seats for the first time revealed in the survey that they still find themselves fighting an uphill battle for equal representation.

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http://www.heidrick.com/NR/rdonlyres/2886FCA5-62A7-4735-B4A6-F0C0C0627D5A/0/HS_WCD_WomenChangeAgents.pdf

So Many Corporate Companies, So Few Women Directors

Despite a professed demand from corporate boards, women directors remain in short supply.

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http://www.heidrick.com/NR/rdonlyres/0527A798-B67A-4FE1-8ABE-03D9B0B73D56/0/HS_WomenDirectors.pdf

Critical Mass on Corporate Boards: Why Three or More Women Enhance Governance

Does it matter to corporate governance whether women serve on a board? If so, does it make a difference how many women serve? Is there a critical mass that can bring significant change to the boardroom and improve corporate governance?

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http://www.wcwonline.org/pdf/CriticalMassExecSummary.pdf
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Womenomics: Japan’s Hidden Asset

Don’t underestimate the power of the purse.
Higher female participation in the workforce can help mitigate
some of Japan’s demographic pressures and raise the long-term
trend growth rate. Womenomics is likely to become a secular
investment theme, and we identify potential beneficiaries.

URL: 
http://www2.goldmansachs.com/ideas/demographic-change/womenomics1-pdf.pdf

The Status of Women in the States & Women’s Economic Status in the States

The consistent correlation between women executives and high profitability.

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http://www.miller-mccune.com/business-economics/profit-thy-name-is-woman-3920/

The Bottom Line: Connecting Corporate Performance and Gender Diversity

Study explores the link between gender diversity in top management teams and US corporate financial performance in the second half of the 1990s.
 

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http://www.catalyst.org/file/44/the%20bottom%20line%20connecting%20corporate%20performance%20and%20gender%20diversity.pdf
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