Ernst & Young
Washington, DC: Ernst & Young
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Data Story

This succinct report focuses on women's representation on boards of publicly-listed companies in the United States. Statistics are presented from 2006 and 2012, demonstrating a small increase over this period to 14 percent representation on
S&P1500 boards, and 17 percent on S&P500 boards.

Additional data are supplied for: the number of women members on boards, by year and by company size; the progress of companies which in 2006 had no women members; the percentage of companies which have reached the "tipping point", here defined as one third of members being female; the professional backgrounds of the new women directors recruited in 2011-2012, and their qualifications for directorship as cited by the recruiting companies; and the percentage of women in specific board and committee roles.