Poor progress has been made in appointing women to boardroom positions among S&P 500 companies, according to a new study.
Catalyst, the campaign group for women in leadership, said in a new study that 80.1% of S&P board positions are held by men with just 19.9% going to women.
Only 14.2% of companies had 30% or more of their boardroom roles occupied by women. Just 4.2% of S&P chief executives are women.
Deborah Gillis, president and chief executive of Catalyst, said: “Our new census shows little progress has been made at the board level, and even less progress has been made in the pipeline for women officers and directors — suggesting women are nowhere near the path to parity with men.
“Men continue to be overrepresented, holding more than their fair share of board seats and, in some cases, all the board seats.”
Gillis added: “Unfortunately, these data indicate that the United States stands in stark contrast to other countries where intentional, bold action is being taken by businesses and governments to accelerate meaningful, sustainable change. US companies are missing opportunities to achieve gender diversity.”