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The Gender Gap and Gender Lens Investing

Sep 13, 2016 - Gender Lens by CCM Invests

We hear about the gender gap discussed in the news covering all types of fields and regions of the world. People can argue endlessly about the origins, culprits, and measurements of gender discrimination. Yet, data continues to show that women are significantly underrepresented in the world of financial services. PwC’s report “Mending the gender gap, advancing tomorrow’s women leaders in financial services highlights this data by noting that women in financial services hold only 19% of senior level positions, 14% of board seats, and 2% of CEO roles.[1] Women, however, aren’t the only ones feeling deprived. In fact, companies may also be losing potential gains by having male-dominated boards. Studies have found that companies experience a 42% higher return in sales, 66% greater return on invested capital, and 53% higher return on equity relative to their competition with less gender-diverse boards.[2]

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