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2 Gender-Diversity Trends in the Corporate Boardroom

Women are making inroads on corporate boards of S&P 500 companies, but there's still room for improvement.

Madison Sargis: A few weeks ago, it was reported that all-male boards are officially a thing of the past for the S&P 500.

And while it's great to see such positive headline figures, Morningstar wanted to highlight two trends that paint a less rosy picture about gender diversity within the corporate boardroom.

First, small-cap companies are lagging large caps. Gender diversity for small caps is only where large caps were a decade ago.

Second, the talent pool to fill these board of director positions is not keeping pace. Gender diversity at the board level has been accelerating in recent years, whereas the representation of women on executive teams has remained stagnant.

So while we see that the headline numbers are positive, there's still a lot of room for improvement to maintain and sustain the level of gender diversity that we see in the market.