Almost a quarter (24%) of new directors named to S&P 500 boards in the past two years have been women. That’s markedly higher than the 18% total of those companies’ board members who are female, and the trend seems likely to accelerate — especially now that nine huge pension funds (total assets: $1.1 trillion) are calling on the SEC to require more disclosure of diversity in the boardroom.
So it seems reasonable to ask, what difference would it make if boards were, say, 50% female? On most of the issues that directors have to contend with, men and women think alike, or very nearly so, according to a new PwC study of 863 board members of companies with $1 billion or more in revenues across almost two dozen industries.
Still, male and female board members don’t always see eye to eye. Here are five ways the survey suggests your company’s…
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