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When Companies Improve Their Diversity, Stock Prices Jump

  • Researchers find “huge response” to companies with more women
  • Annual reports show little change in gender and racial makeup
Trading On The Floor Of The NYSE As U.S. Stocks Pare Gain As Rocky Week Nears End
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In 2014, the big U.S. tech companies did something surprising: They told the world how few women they employed. Men comprised 70% of Google’s workforce; Facebook, Apple, and Twitter looked similar. The mix was even more lopsided in more senior leadership and technical roles.

Most of the business world has come to believe that workforce diversity is good for the bottom line, and tech companies hoped their new transparency would lead to more equality. It didn’t. But new research suggests that investors were paying attention.