Women are scarce on many Massachusetts public boards, report finds

MassLive Media
By Shira Schoenberg
March 19, 2019

Women account for more than half the Massachusetts population. But on the state’s 50 most prominent public boards and commissions, women are just 22 percent of the CEOs, 34 percent of board chairs and 39 percent of board members.

The Eos Foundation, a private philanthropic foundation that aims to increase the number of female leaders in Massachusetts, released a report Tuesday looking at the gender makeup of the state’s public boards and commissions. That followed a separate report released earlier this month by the foundation measuring the gender gap at Massachusetts’ business advocacy organizations.

“These commissions are coming up with policies that impact our whole state,” said Andrea Silbert, president of the Eos Foundation and one of the report’s authors. “Without different perspectives, we’re going to get wrong policies.”

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