This website is a location to track the process and progress of increasing female leadership on corporate boards of directors, making sure each board has at least one woman on it, and holds companies with all male board members accountable for the systematic exclusion of women.
According to recent data from S&P Global Market Intelligence that came out in March 2016, 24 Fortune 500 companies currently have no women on their boards. This list is embarrassing and needs to change.
We started a petition movement that makes a fiscal and social case for taking initial steps toward gender equality on boards. Our efforts targeting Discovery Communications included a petition on change.org, letters to the company executives and social media campaigns to address the upsetting, but real data. We are happy to announce that 6 months later, Discovery Communications has added a woman to their Board of Directors!
Please sign this petition to Land O’Lakes requesting that the company add at least one woman to its board of directors. Adding women to boards makes business sense for each company on this list: it will significantly increase profits, boost its competitive advantage, and put the company on the right side of the issue. Taking steps toward gender equality on boards is also the right move socially. Companies that aim to improve and shape society can’t do so unless they reflect society. Upcoming generations need a future where gender inequality is a thing of the past, not a status quo to accept or even a hurdle to overcome. So please join me in signing the petition, and asking these 24 companies to step into modern times and commit to gender equality.
Want to do more? Join the Women Serve on Boards movement and help encourage the other 22 companies on this infamous list to add women to their board of directors.