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Why 2020?

Welcome to our website and to the 2020 Women on Boards campaign. 2020 WOB is a grassroots initiative devoted to increasing the participation of women on corporate boards. We’re smart business people -- men and women -- who understand the value that diverse points of view add to corporate decision making.

You don’t have to be in business to benefit from the 2020 Women on Boards campaign. Everyone benefits from good business decisions: consumers, employees, stockholders, and retirees, even children. There’s plenty of evidence that says that boards of directors that include women are more profitable. Strong companies are good for us all.

Why will something that makes so much sense take so long to achieve? It’s hard to change human behavior. Even things that seem logical can take time to implement. For example, many directors sit on boards for years at a time. There is very slow turnover. Although the number of women on corporate boards of the Fortune 1000 companies has remained stuck at 11% for 10 years, there has been some change. There are many companies (see our list of W companies) that have women directors. But change has moved very slowly. It’s time to pick up the pace. If we can achieve 20% by 2020 we will have done our jobs; if we can achieve it by 2015, so much the better.

Here’s how you can help. Voice your support for the campaign and the issue by becoming a Supporter. We’re looking for 1 million supporters by the end of 2011. Become a Donor. There’s information on the various levels of support on the pages of this website. And tell your friends: there is strength in numbers. Together we can make it happen.

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