The Bottom Line on Women at the Top

Advocacy group Catalyst's surprising new study shows that gender diversity in exec ranks and financial performance are linked

It's the rare exec who hasn't heard that more gender diversity in the top ranks would be good for Corporate America. The arguments supporting this point of view seem intuitive enough: Women now earn half of all bachelor's degrees and nearly half of all law degrees, so companies that aggressively recruit and retain women are tapping into an increasingly well-educated talent pool.

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