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No Seat at the Table: How Corporate Governance and Law Keep Women Out of the Boardroom

No Seat at the Table: How Corporate Governance and Law Keep Women Out of the Boardroom

by Douglas M. Branson
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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814791059
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 04/01/2008
Series: Critical America Series
Pages: 239
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

is the W. Edward Sell Chair at the
University of Pittsburgh. He is author of 23 books, including No Seat at the
Table: How Corporate Governance and Law Keep Women out of the Boardroom
2007), and The Last Male Bastion: Gender and the CEO Suite in America’s Public Companies.

Table of Contents



Part I: Glass Ceilings, Floors, and Walls

  1. Restraints on Advancement

  2. Glass Ceilings and Floors: The Court Cases

  3. Prices of Motherhood: Stereotyping, Work/Life Issues, and Opting Out

  4. In a Different Register: Women in the Governance Model

  5. Bully Broads, Iron Maidens, Queen Bees, and Ice Queens

Part II: Climbing the Corporate Ladder: Myths and Realities

  1. Routes to the Top: The Advice

  2. The Road to the Top: The Evidence

  3. The 2005 Proxy Data

  4. Women and Minorities in Organizations: The Legacy of Tokenism

Part III: Corporate Governance and the Keeper of the Keys to the Boardroom

  1. Corporate Governance in America

  2. Women, Culture, and the U.S. Model of Corporate Governance

  3. Women in Corporate Governance: The Numbers versus the Expectations

Part IV: Getting a Seat at the Boardroom Table

  1. Paradigm Shifts: A Tale of Three Women

  2. Prescriptions

    Appendix A: Fortune 500 Corporations 187 with No Women Directors

    Appendix B: Fortune 500 Corporations 189 with a Single Woman Director




    About the Author

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher


“An interesting thesis, and one that makes sense”
-The New Republic


“This book should be read by anyone interested in advancing to the boardrooms in corporate America. . . . Branson provides interesting discussions on linguistic differences between males and females as well as gender differences in play, along with their implications for success in business. . . . Branson reveals how corporate governance practices hinder women’s career advancement and suggests strategies women should adopt to succeed in the corporate world . . . Highly recommended.”


“Packed with informative statistics about the presence of women at various levels of corporate governance — as CEOs, executive directors, managers, and in the pipeline.”
-Nancy Levit,author of The Gender Line: Men, Women, and the Law

“Coming from the pen of a leading thinker in corporate law, this book provides a powerful — if disheartening — explanation for the lack of women on corporate boards. It is provocative, impeccably researched, and compellingly written.”
-Kent Greenfield,Professor of Law and Zamparelli Scholar at Boston College Law School

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