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Why are public companies facing shareholder proposals on topics related to board gender diversity?

Because the numbers just don’t add up.

Women are rising to the highest levels of government in many countries, advancing to executive ranks at top corporations,

CGLytics’ second annual S&P 500 report... titled ‘Do 2020 trends foretell the future?... examines diversity at the top levels of S&P 500 companies, noting that investors are increasingly focused on diversity, particularly around gender and race.

...we find that banks with more gender diversity on their board perform better once the composition of these boards reaches a critical level of gender diversity, corresponding to a board female share of around 13-17 percent.

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