Women are more certain than men that it is critical to have diverse corporate boards, a new study shows.
Sixty-three percent of women on corporate boards said that having female board members was “very important” in PriceWaterhouseCoopers’s annual survey of public company directors, while only 35 percent of men felt this way. The company polled over 700 board members for its report, released on Tuesday. On racial diversity, women were less gung-ho, but still valued it more than men did: 46 percent of female directors said that it was highly valuable to have people of color on boards, compared with 27 percent of men. Women hold about a fifth of all board seats at Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index companies, according to Catalyst, an advocacy group.