In today’s global marketplace, where diverse backgrounds, skills and experience are critical for strategic and operational decisions, having more women involved at the highest levels of business management and corporate governance is associated with more profitable and well-managed corporations. We are dedicated to helping make that a reality.
There has been significant discussion recently about women “leaning in” and an outpouring of executive leadership support for greater gender equality. We shed light on a sobering issue: the lack of substantial progress in gender diversity in the majority of California’s leading public companies, and the need to help create these opportunities.
UC Davis Study of California Women Business Leaders
For the ninth year, the UC Davis Graduate School of Management in partnership with Watermark has published the annual UC Davis Study of California Women Business Leaders: A Census of Women Directors and Executive Officers.
The study is the only one of its kind to focus on gender diversity in the boardrooms and executive suites of corporate California. It is an annual benchmark for gender diversity in the C-suites and boardrooms of the 400 largest public companies in the state. Our goal is to drive awareness among corporations, business leaders and policy makers to take meaningful action toward greater female representation.
In another “California leads the nation” moment, on September 12, 2013, the California State Assembly passed Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR 62), the first resolution of its kind in the U.S. urging public companies to add more women to their corporate boards. The resolution was prompted by our eight years of research on women business leaders in California. Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, vice-chair of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus, authored the resolution.
By December 2016, the resolution urges California companies with nine or more board seats to have at least three held by women; companies with five to eight directors have at least two women on the board, and companies with fewer than five directors to have at least one women on the board.
“We challenge the business community in California—and the country—to improve on its past and forge a path toward greater diversity in top leadership across gender, ethnicity and experiences.”
— Dean Steven Currall, UC Davis Graduate School of Management
Recent Related Reseach
Silicon Valley law firm Fenwick & West’s 2013 proxy season report Gender Diversity in Silicon Valley: A Comparison of Silicon Valley Public Companies and Large Public Companies, shows that women are significantly underrepresented relative to their percentage of the general population and as a percentage of the workforce (and in a number of ways when compared with their percentage in very large public companies). The report also shows that the past two decades (and, in particular, the last four years since the depth of the financial crisis) has been a time of progress for women in leadership roles in Silicon Valley public companies.
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