Women and racial minorities in the boardroom: How do directors differ?

Amy Hillman, Albert A. Canella, Ira C. Harris

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In this paper, we examine how the attributes of female and racial minority directors differ from those of white males. We track a sample of white male, white female, African-American female and African-American male directors who serve on Fortune 1000 boards and find differences in occupational background, education, and patterns of board affiliation. Female and African-American directors are more likely to come from non-business backgrounds, are more likely to hold advanced degrees, and join multiple boards at a faster rate than white male directors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)747-763
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Management
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance
  • Strategy and Management


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