The number of new female board members actually dropped last year

June 2017. The Washington Post.

“The push to get more women onto corporate boards of directors is getting a lot of attention lately: Investors have been urging companies to make it a priority, Uber came under fire after a director cracked a joke about more women in the boardroom, and a Wall Street statue of a little girl aimed at publicizing the lack of women directors became a viral Internet sensation. But despite the spotlight, the percentage of female directors appointed to Fortune 500 board seats actually declined in 2016, reversing a trend that had shown seven years of growth. According to a new report from executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles, women were appointed to 27.8 percent of director seats that turned over or were added to the boardroom roster in 2016, a slight two percentage-point decline from the year prior.”

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