International Women’s Day: a call for broad support for Women on Boards
By Joy Yang, Head of Product Management and Marketing
As we take a moment to mark International Women’s Day on 8 March 2023, we review the progress women have made in the boardroom. The Deloitte Global Boardroom Program’s Seventh Edition of the “Women in the Boardroom: A global perspective” report includes updates from 72 countries on gender diversity in the boardroom. The report published in 2022, shows that although progress has been made, overall progress remains “slow and uneven”1.
On a global level, women hold just under 20% (19.7%) of board seats, an increase of only 2.8 percentage points over a 2 year period. Extrapolating this pace of change, parity for representation of women on boards would not be reached until the year 2045, another 20 years. This is unacceptably slow, especially when the research shows that greater gender diversity in senior positions is associated with higher profitability of firms. More specifically, “replacing one man by a woman in senior management or on the corporate board is associated with 8–13 basis points higher return on assets”2.
Percentage of Women on Boards
Source: Deloitte, 2022.
Source1: “Women in the Boardroom: A Global Perspective”, Deloitte, 2022.
Source2: “Gender Diversity in Senior Positions and Firm Performance: Evidence from Europe”, Lone Engbo Christiansen ; Huidan Huidan Lin ; Joana Pereira ; Petia Topalova ; Rima A Turk, IMF Working Papers, 2016.
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About the Author:
Joy Yang is Head of Product Management and Marketing at MarketVector IndexesTM. She is responsible for managing MarketVector IndexesTM products and services to accelerate innovation in financial index design and adoption. Joy brings more than 25 years of investment experience to MarketVector IndexesTM, having led teams delivering index and quantitative-active investment solutions at Arabesque Asset Management, Dimensional Fund Advisors, Vanguard, Aberdeen Standard Investments, AXA Rosenberg, and Blackrock. Joy has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cooper Union’s Albert Nerken School of Engineering.
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