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Slight increase in women directors among largest publicly traded companies

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MILWAUKEE, WI (WTAQ) - More women are serving on Wisconsin’s corporate boards-of-directors – but the increase is small, according to a new study. Milwaukee Women Incorporated said Thursday that females make up 14-point-four percent of all director positions in Wisconsin’s 50 largest publicly-traded companies. Sixty-three women are directors – nine more than two years ago, and 22 more than in 2003. U-W Milwaukee associate vice-chancellor Phyllis King is on the steering committee for Milwaukee Women Incorporated – and she said the data is not good news. Her group hopes to increase the percentage of women on corporate boards to 25-percent by 2014, and they’re not even close to that. Also, the survey found that Wisconsin has a smaller percentage of female executives than in 2009 – when 12-point-eight percent of executives at the 50 largest public firms were women. That has since dropped a half-percent, as females hold 47 of the 381 executive posts at the 50 firms.

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