Press Releases

  • 2020 Women on Boards Exceeds 20% National Campaign Goal

    55% of Companies Achieve or Surpass Campaign Goal

    Boston, MA, November 8

    Women now hold 20.8% of the board seats of publicly traded companies, exceeding 2020 Women on Boards’ 20% national campaign goal, according to this year’s Gender Diversity Index of Fortune 1000 Companies released today.
    The Gender Diversity Index (GDI) has tracked the number of women on boards since 2011 using the Fortune 1000 (F1000) list from 2010 as a baseline of comparison. This year, the GDI is comprised of 801 active companies. Companies fall off the list each year due to sales, mergers, bankruptcies, and other variables.
    2020 Women on Boards ranks companies on a “W” (Winning) to “Z” (Zero) scale. Winning “W” Companies have 20% or greater women on their boards; Very Close “V” Companies have 11-19% women on their boards; Token “T” Companies have one woman; and, Zero “Z” Companies have no...

  • 2020 Women On Boards Recognizes Eight Illinois Companies For Gender Diversity In The Board Room

    State’s Corporate Boards Still Lag in Gender Diversity at 19.5%; Only 32% of IL Fortune 1000 Companies Have 20% or More Women on Boards

    Chicago, November 8

    The Chicago Campaign of 2020 Women on Boards, a national organization that aims to boost female representation on corporate boards to 20 percent or greater by the year 2020, on Wednesday, Nov. 15, will recognize eight Chicago-area companies for leadership in gender diversity on their boards.
    The companies – Abbott; the Allstate Corp.; Associated Banc-Corp.; Deloitte LLP; Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.; Ingredion Inc.; McDonald’s Corp.; and The Metropolitan will receive Ambassador Awards at the event, to be held at Deloitte’s Chicago offices. Through 2016, each company had achieved board representation of at least 20 percent women for the past six years or more.
    “Diversity of thought leadership on boards is essential for the sustainability of business of all sizes, as well as for the greater public good,” said Kathy Graham, chair of the 2020 Women on Boards Chicago...

  • Women: Not Present on IPO Company Boards

    Boston, MA, July 19

    2020 Women on Boards has released a study of recently-launched IPO companies to test a common precept that companies go public without any or few women on their boards. The national campaign, whose mission is to educate and advocate for more gender diverse boards, tracked the 25 largest IPOs[1] in 2014, 2015, and 2016. The results supported the belief that IPOs have a poor track record when it comes to putting women on their boards.

    • Of the 75 largest IPO companies that went public between 2014-2016, nearly half, or 37 companies, went public with no women on their boards.
    • Another 25%, or 19 companies, had only one woman on the board.
    • Even after a year or two of being public, two thirds of the companies still had one or no female directors.
    • The percentage of women on boards at IPO is a meager 9.4% and only increases to...
  • 2020 Women on Boards Closes in on National Campaign Goal

    2016 report reveals a message to companies: Don’t wait. Add a woman to your board

    November 10

    BOSTON--Six years into its ten-year campaign, 2020 Women on Boards reports that women continue to make gains in the boardrooms of US companies, according to the organization’s 2016 Gender Diversity Index (GDI) of Fortune 1000 (F1000) companies. Women now hold 19.7% of board seats of GDI companies. The goal of reaching 20% women on the boards of directors of the largest companies in the U.S. is within reach.
    Furthermore, the report finds that of the 120 GDI companies that added women to their boards in 2016, 58% or 70 companies did so by increasing the size of their boards to include a new female director. This demonstrates that companies are not necessarily waiting for a board seat to open up, but rather prioritizing the urgent need for greater diversity of thought.
    The GDI has tracked the number of women on boards since 2011 using the F1000 list from 2010 as a baseline of comparison. This...

  • Boardroom Diversity: When Women Lead

    BOSTON, June 6

    What does it take to put more women on boards? Women! A new report by 2020 Women on Boards finds that companies led by women create more opportunities for women directors than their male counterparts The study, Boardroom Diversity: When Women Lead, looks at the board composition of 960 companies on the 2015 Fortune 1000 list. The bottom line: there is a strong correlation between the gender of a company’s key leaders and the diversity of its board of directors.
    The report's key findings include:

    • Boards with female CEOs, Board Chairs, or Nominating Committee Chairs are significantly more gender diverse than boards with male leadership.
    • Of the Fortune 1000 companies with a female CEO or Board Chair, 88% and 86% of companies respectively have already...