Codifying the Correlation of Women Directors and Good Stock Performance

, Corporate Counsel


Investors are better off with companies that have female directors on their boards, according to a new report published by the multinational investment bank Credit Suisse.

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  • Marilyn

    Great article, Elizabeth. The business case for increasing the number of women in executive positions and on corporate boards is clear. Research from Catalyst, McKinsey and others reflects that companies with a strong female representation at top management level perform better than those without. Gender-diverse boards have a positive impact on performance including a 35% higher return on equity, and stronger stock market growth.

    Women’s spending and earning power are increasing, with women making 85% of household purchasing decisions. Approximately 1 in 3 married women out-earn their husbands, holding 51% of the nation’s private wealth. A recent Booz Allen study dubbed women “The Third Billion,” inferring that they are the next global economy. In the new knowledge-based economy, women make up a majority of the workforce in 9 of the 10 occupations that will add the most jobs in the next eight years. Currently, women hold 51.5% of all management and professional positions.

    Despite these statistics, women remain conspicuously absent from the top echelons of business and still represent a significant minority on boards.

  • Lulaine

    These studies never amount to much because 20 years ago they said the same thing about men when women in power positions were in their infancy. Generally these studies tend to follow the wave of whatever trend is popular.

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