(January 15, 2019, Equilar) In recent years, gender diversity in boardrooms has become an area of focus across all parts of the U.S. To shed light on this topic, Equilar recently conducted a study to examine how each region of the U.S. fares in terms of prevalence of female directors. The study revealed that the midwest has the highest average number of female directors at 1.9 per board, while the south and the west have the lowest at 1.5.
Only eleven states have an average of two or more female directors on boards. Contrarily, only two states—Utah and Wyoming—have an average of one female director per board, which makes them the least gender-diverse among all 50 states. Breaking down the country into regions allows for a more in-depth look at the division of female directors. When divided into regions, the Midwest has the highest average number of female directors at 1.9 per board, while the West and South, at 1.5 females per board, have the lowest average number of female directors.