U.S. lags in placing women on boards as investors urge for more diversity

Diversity in the boardroom is one of the bigger issues for shareholders and investors

There has been little to no increase for women on boards in corporate America, which is no longer only a gender equality issue. Diversity in the boardroom is also top of mind for investors who identify a correlation between greater gender diversity with better long-term financial performance and corporate governance.

Women held only 16.9 percent of board seats in 2013 — no change from last year (16.6 percent), according to the report, “2013 Catalyst Census: Fortune 500 Women Board Directors.”

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