ó A nonprofit organizationís report shows the number of women on the
corporate boards of publicly traded companies in Wisconsin is slowly
Inc. says almost 18 percent of directors among the stateís 50
largest public companies are women, up from almost 17 percent last
gained three board seats since last year. There are now 79 out of
449 directors that are women, up from 76 out of 451 directors last
Inc. chair Sandy Wysocki says that while progress is slow, itís
still continuing an upward trend.
Women had just
over 9 percent of board seats when the nonprofit began in 2003.
donít frequently appoint new directors. Wisconsinís 50 largest
companies only named 18 new directors in the first six months of
more women on their boards have higher returns on sales, higher
returns on equity and higher returns on invested capital, according
to research by national advocacy group Catalyst.
Alliant Energy Corp. had the most female representation on its
board, with women making up half of its 10-member board.
Seven of the 50
companies had no female directors, according to the report.