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Women on Corporate Boards: A Comparative Appraisal of Italian Law

17 Pages Posted: 28 Aug 2017  

Paola Monaco

University of Trieste

Angelo Venchiarutti

University of Trieste

Date Written: June 19, 2017

Abstract

Both within and outside Europe, the number of women sitting on corporate boards is very low. In spite of the rising number of women earning post-graduate degrees in law, business and administration, only a minority of them ends up sitting on companies’ corporate boards. Against this context, the aim of this article is to study the Italian approach to this problem, and to set it against the framework of the solutions adopted in Europe. The articles starts by analyzing the initiatives carried out by the European Union with the goal of promoting equal treatment between genders on corporate boards. After the survey of the soft and hard measures undertaken by some European countries to tackle gender imbalance on boards, the paper will analyze the legislative reform recently adopted by the Italian Parliament. The conclusion will focus on the effectiveness of European positive actions to tackle gender inequality in corporate boards.

Keywords: Women on Corporate Boards, Gender equality, Comparative Law

JEL Classification: K2, K19

Suggested Citation

Monaco, Paola and Venchiarutti, Angelo, Women on Corporate Boards: A Comparative Appraisal of Italian Law (June 19, 2017). European Business Law Review, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2988924

Paola Monaco (Contact Author)

University of Trieste ( email )

Piazzale Europa, 1
Trieste, Trieste 34100
Italy

Angelo Venchiarutti

University of Trieste ( email )

Piazzale Europa, 1
Trieste, Trieste 34100
Italy

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