Women Slowly Gaining More Boardroom Seats

Survey finds a small uptick globally in female power players

by Lesley Kennedy • MORE.com Reporter

The numbers are still painfully low, but, ever so slowly, women are rising from the ranks of corporate culture.

CNN reports women hold 10.8 percent of boardroom seats globally, an uptick from 9.8 percent in 2010 and 9.3 percent in 2009, according to a recent survey.

Also on a slow rise, but a rise nonetheless, is the number of businesses with at least one woman director: 60 percent, up from 58 percent last year, CNN reports. The network adds that the numbers are much better in Norway, where 36.8 percent of board seats are held by woman, than in Japan, where women make up a measly 1.1 percent of board members.

As for America, we’re a tad above the world average—12.6 percent of directors are female, according to the network.

We know that story about the tortoise and the hare, but it sure would be nice to speed things up a little, don't you think?

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First Published March 9, 2012

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