2020 Women on Boards is a grassroots campaign to increase the percentage of women on U.S. company boards to 20% or greater by the year 2020. They are working to mobilize, advocate and educate all people and stakeholders to build awareness and get them involved in creating a cultural imperative for corporate action.
The Boston Club’ s Corporate Board Committee is a longstanding committee that is actionably focused on both the demand and supply side of this issue. It advocates for the advancement of women onto boards by engaging with CEO’s, nominating & governance chairs, and leaders of influence to add / expand the number of women serving on boards, and it participates both directly and indirectly in searches and placements by tapping into their state, regional and national databases of outstanding experienced & board-ready candidates. The Boston Club also tracks and reports on the progress the largest public companies are making in appointing women to their boards by publishing its annual Census of Massachusetts Public Companies in partnership with Bentley University.
The Boston Women’s Workforce Council is a public-private partnership between the City of Boston under Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s Administration and Simmons College’s School of Management. Cathy E. Minehan, Dean of the School of Management, serves the Council’s Chair. The Council’s mission is to make Greater Boston the best place for working women in America by closing the wage gap and removing the visible and invisible barriers to women’s advancement. The bulk of the Council’s work focuses on the 100% Talent: The Boston Women’s Compact, which is a voluntary agreement in which businesses pledge to take concrete, measurable steps to eliminate the wage gap and to report their progress anonymously every two years. Over 50 businesses have signed on.
Catalyst is the leading nonprofit organization with a mission to expand opportunities for women in business. We are dedicated to creating more inclusive workplaces where employees representing every dimension of diversity can thrive. The organization acts as a catalyst through its pioneering research, tools and services, events, and Awards. Its offerings raise awareness of how diversity benefits today’s global businesses, and provide guidance on how to enact real change.
Center for Women and Business at Bentley University helps business leaders address challenges of global of the global market for talent and they develop best practices to support and retain and advance women in the business world. Bentley is also a Partner of The Boston Club in publishing their annual Census.
Harvard Kennedy School’s Women and Public Policy Program closes gender gaps in economic opportunity, political participation, health and education by creating knowledge, training leaders and informing public policy and organizational practices. The program identifies successful interventions and measure their impact on women, men, and society, then share recommendations on what policies, organizational practices and leadership techniques help close involuntary gaps.
The Inter Organization Network (ION), formed in 2004, consists of 16 regional organizations in the United States representing more than 10,000 women in business across a wide range of industries. Through ION, these women combine their energies in advocating the advancement of women to positions of power in the business world, especially to boards of directors and executive suites.
The Thirty Percent Coalition is an organization of institutional investors, CEO’s, corporate governance experts, national women’s organizations and board members committed to increasing the number of women on public company boards to 30% by 2015. They work on the demand side of this issue.
The WAGE Project is a 501(c)3 charitable, tax-deductible organization established for one purpose: to end discrimination against women in the American workplace in the near future. To do that, WAGE inspires and helps working women to take the steps needed so that every woman is paid what she’s worth. The WAGE Project is the means by which women get from earning 77 cents to earning $1 for every $1 men earn. The nickname, WAGE, reminds us of the goal the organization pursues: Women Are Getting Even.