18 years of data shows slow progress towards getting women into board rooms

Silicon Valley may have a “gender problem” when it comes to leadership, but how bad is the problem compared to other industries?

Turns out, it is pretty bad in both cases.

9.1% of Silicon Valley board members (for public companies) were women in 2013, compared to 19.9% of public companies over all.

Law firm Fenwick & West analyzed 18 years of public filings regarding boards and management teams across the Standard & Poor 100 Index (S&P 100) and the Silicon Valley 150 Index (SV 150) to identify gender diversity and leadership trends.

The silver lining here is that both indexes saw “meaningful improvement” over time. That 9.1% is up from a dismal 2.1% in 1996.

98% of S&P 100 boards had at least one women director in 2013, and women make up an average of 20% of all S&P board members. SV 150 companies average about half that, and 43% do not have a woman director.

That said, S&P 100 companies tend to be larger and have larger boards, which makes them more likely to have at least one women director.

“U.S. companies are reported to have the fifth highest number of women on boards as a percentage of board seats among 45 economically advanced countries,” the report said. “While there has been recurring discussion regarding the relatively low number of women directors among public company boards in Silicon Valley relative to public companies generally in the United States, our review of the data suggests that board size may be a significant factor affecting the number of women directors, and to some degree that is a function of the relatively small size of many SV 150 companies.”

Source: Venturebeat - Read the original article here

Author: Daily Tech Whip

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