Archive for February, 2011

Study Shows DC and Virginia Company Boards Lack Women

"Underrepresentation of women on corporate boards is a common theme across the globe, but statistics in Washington, DC and Virginia are particularly grim, according to a newly released study commissioned by Women in Technology (WIT) and conducted by two Kogod graduate students." Read about the study and results here: http://www.american.edu/kogod/news/20110228_ksb_women_board_seats.cfm

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Huffington Post Blog Analyzes Boardroom Quotas

Sasha Galbraith's HP blog post, "Women and Quotas: Will It Break the (Plexi) Glass Ceiling?" makes suggestions for ways countries can increase the number of women on boards without creating quota laws.  Read the full blog post here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-sasha-galbraith/women-quotas-will-it-brea_1_b_828652.html.  

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Women Want a Meritocracy on Corporate Boards

"Diversity is not the same as the old Affirmative Action, which was undertaken from a position of weakness in an attempt to persuade power brokers to do the "right" thing. As corporations face increased global competition from everywhere for everything from everyone, they must build growth and drive strategy. This ...

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Ongoing Efforts in the UK to Increase Number of Women on Boards

Since women comprise 12% of British board directors (compared with 40% in Norway), the discussion of quotas and targets for women on boards in the United Kingdom has been quite prevalent in the past few months.  Last fall, Lord Davies started an investigation into gender diversity on corporate boards, with ...

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European Union Considers Imposing a Female Boardroom Quota on Public Companies

"EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding says quotas might be necessary if businesses don't start to voluntarily comply. In March, she will sit down with Europe's top business leaders to explore self-regulatory initiatives."  For the full CNN article, click here: http://www.cnn.com/2011/BUSINESS/02/11/women.boardroom/

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Effects of Norwegian Quota Law Examined

"When Norway introduced a law in 2006 stipulating that women had to make up 40 percent of the boards of publicly traded companies, it was hailed as a huge step forward. Now researchers are taking stock, and the effects of the quota appear to be mixed."  Gerald Traufetter of Spiegel ...

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Forbes Bloggers Discuss Deutsche Bank CEO’s Controversial Comments on Germany’s Proposed Corporate Board Gender Quota

Recent controversial comments from the CEO of Deutsche Bank created a fierce debate around the struggle for balance in the boardroom.  See blog posts by Caroline Howard and Moira Forbes for insights into the implications of this debate for Germany and many other countries considering legal options regarding gender quotas ...

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Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling to End Up On the Glass Cliff

An article in the Harvard Business Review by Susanne Bruckmuller and Nyla R. Branscombe analyzes research done by Michelle Ryan and Alex Haslam, of the University of Exeter, on gender bias towards women in corporate leadership. "By now everyone is familiar with the glass ceiling—the informal barrier that keeps women out ...

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Passports to Progress: ICRW’s 35th Anniversary Colloquy

Date: Tuesday, March 8, 2011, 6:00pm - 8:30pm Passports to Progress ICRW's 35th Anniversary Colloquy Join ICRW as they kick off their 35th anniversary celebration on March 8, International Women’s Day, with a conversation about breakthrough innovations poised to transform the trajectory of women’s lives. Game-changing Innovations for Women Moderator: Andrea Mitchell, NBC News Chief Foreign ...

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