Study: Women in Top Ranks Means Top Dollars

Mar 11, 2016 | Uncategorized

By Betsey Guzior, Engagement Editor at Bizwomen (a NAWBO media partner)

A new global survey of more than 21,000 companies reveals how the presence of women in top ranks is a real payoff—in profits.

How much? The Peterson Institute for International Economics survey finds that the more women a firm has in its top ranks in the C-Suite, the higher its profitability will likely be.

A profitable firm with 30 percent of top ranked positions held by women could expect a net margin increase of 1 percent, compared with a firm with no female leaders. For companies with small profit margins, a 1 percentage increase can make a huge difference; on average, a 15 percent increase in profits of the firms surveyed.

The top leader does not have to be a woman, said two of the report’s authors in the Harvard Business Review. “Our results indicate that the impact of having more women in the C-suite is bigger than that of having a woman on the board or as the CEO. In fact, we found that female CEOs neither systematically outperform nor underperform their male counterparts.”

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