Few Minnesota Women Lead Top Companies

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Women occupy only about 14 percent of the seats on the boards of Minnesota’s 100 largest public companies.

A study by St. Catherine University says that figure is in line with 2008 and 2009 numbers. The study also found that women hold about 16 percent of CEO and other executive positions in the same 100 companies.

Professor Rebecca Hawthorne tells Minnesota Public Radio News that more women will be in the boardroom if CEOs carve out a clear diversity policy, implement and monitor it.

Hawthorne says women currently hold about half the middle management jobs in the business world, but they’re not moving to corporate boards or executive seats.

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  • Southern MN Mom

    Do you think this story could have any connection as to why successful, confident and strong willed women like Michelin Bachman and Sarah Palin seem to make the hair stand up on so many men and women?

  • Citizen

    Insane people always make neck hairs rise!

    • southern MN Mom

      Dear Citizen-

      If this were a court of law, I would rest my case!

      • Citizen

        Michelle Bachmann is bought and paid for and is controllable by her campaign contributors. What’s the definition for that?

  • Joy

    “If there ever comes a time when the women of the world come together purely and simply for the benefit of mankind, it will be a force such as the world has never known.” Matthew Arnold, 19th century British poet and philosopher.

    There’s a reason why Queen Elizabeth 1 of England’s reign is called the Golden Age.

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