women on boards

Apparently fixing gender disparity in STEM fields starts with understanding the brain of the female homo sapien. What do you get when you put a Fox News Host, a Fox News contributor and a Tea Party News Network representative in a cable studio? Guess.

The state of the global economy dominated conversation in Davos last week, but women’s participation—not just in politics and economics, but also in the forum itself—was also a talking point. Just 17% of those in attendance were female. There was a panel “Women in Economic Decision-making,”—featuring, among others, the IMF’s Christine Lagarde, Harvard’s Drew Gilpin Faust, the European Commission’s Citizenship Vice President Viviane Reding, and Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg—dealt directly with the issue of women’s involvement at the highest levels of economics and business.

Each year, the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, in conjunction with Watermark, tallies the number of women on California company boards. The needle hasn't moved much. This year's report found that 44.8 percent (or 179) of California’s largest public companies have no women directors. Zero. Almost a third have no female board members or highest paid executives.