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Wanted: 3,732 women to govern corporate America

Jeff GreenHannah Recht and Mathieu Benhamou write in Bloomberg Businessweek, "A new California law requires most companies in the state to have at least one woman on their boards of directors by the end of this year. By the end of 2021, they’ll need three. According to a new Bloomberg analysis, this sea change could offer women 692 seats at the table, enough to cause a measurable shift in the gender balance of U.S. company boards overall.

But what if it doesn’t stop there? New Jersey and Massachusetts are considering similar legislation. Other states have passed non-binding guidelines, often as a precursor to legal action.

The possible opportunities for women at the highest levels of corporate oversight are staggering. If every state were to adopt California’s lead, U.S. companies in the Russell 3000 would need to open up 3,732 board seats for women within a few years. The number of women on these boards nationally would increase by almost 75 percent." READ MORE>>

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