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Where Are the Women on Boards?

Once again there’s been little to no increase for women on boards in corporate America, according to the 2013 Catalyst Census: Fortune 500 Women Board Directors.

Among the findings:

  • Women held only 16.9% of board seats in 2013—no change from last year (16.6%).
  • In both 2012 and 2013, less than one-fifth of companies had 25% or more women directors, while one-tenth had no women serving on their boards.
  • Less than one-quarter of companies had three or more women directors serving together in both 2012 and 2013.
  • Women of color held 3.2% of board seats, essentially the same as last year (3.3%).

Research Partners: AT&T Inc.BloombergBMO Financial GroupCardinal Health, Inc.Chevron CorporationCredit SuisseDell Inc.Deloitte LLPDesjardins GroupDeutsche Bank AGEYGeneral Motors CompanyHewlett-Packard CompanyIBM CorporationKeyBankKimberly-Clark CorporationMcDonald’s CorporationPPL CorporationSodexo, Inc.State Street CorporationUPS