Dear 50/50 Women on Boards Supporters:
Energized by renewed optimism for 2021, 50/50 Women on Boards kicked off the first quarter, launching new educational programs and public awareness campaigns including our Conversation Series and Path to the Boardroom, while expanding our popular Get on Board! Workshop, to every other week.
We celebrated Women’s History Month by participating in the #choosetochallenge campaign highlighting the achievements of women in our network who are all making a difference to advance gender balance and diversity on corporate boards.
Our global network of campaign city and international events is also expanding into new locations. More than 50 volunteer Chairs and Co-Chairs already underway in key markets for our Global Conversation on Board Diversity™ events in November – more to come!
Our new bimonthly Challenges — One is Not Done, and our Zero is Not an Option — also launched, so please warm up your email responses to participate. It only takes three clicks of your mouse to gently encourage companies to add more women to their board of directors.
We are also excited to announce that our long-term partnership with Equilar has grown. In addition to releasing our annual 50/50 Women on Boards Gender Diversity Index™ report, 50/50WOB will release quarterly insights on the gender composition of corporate boards on the Russell 3000 Index. As companies and individuals begin to self-identify, we are committed to disaggregating the data provided by Equilar to report on the diversity composition of corporate boards.
Standing with the Asian Pacific Islander Community
While there was much to celebrate, including the latest statistics that women now hold 23.7% of the corporate board seats, an increase of 1.1% in only six months, there was much to lament, as we all joined hands to stand with the Asian Pacific Islander Community.
As leaders, we are reminded of our strength as women and our robust network of allies that bonds us together to ignite change. That’s why we continue to stand for women, including women of color because diversity is not only a business imperative; it’s a human imperative.
As an organization, we start by calling for change.
- We advocate for allyship to ensure women of color have the opportunities they deserve to advance.
- We urge corporations to be transparent by providing reliable diversity statistics and reporting, especially at the leadership and board levels.
- We recommend companies promote women from underrepresented communities to leadership positions from middle management up to the C-suite.
- We encourage our network and volunteers to share stories, resources, and services to reinforce positive action.
Our mission is to educate, advocate and collaborate with corporations and action groups committed to advancing women to corporate boards. Thank you for your continued support, commitment, and enthusiasm toward this purpose.