Women On The Board Make For Better Business

The last word in business: women's intuition. Research shows that the stocks of companies that include women on their board of directors do better than companies with all-male boards. Renee Montagne and Steve Inskeep explain the report.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Losses and gains brings us to our last word in business today, a woman's intuition. It turns out that the stocks of companies that include women on their boards of directors do better than companies with the all-male boards.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The Credit Suisse Institute examined the returns of about 23,000 businesses with more than $10 billion worth of publicly traded shares. And the researchers found that over the past six years, boards with women included saw average gains of 14 percent, which is about 4 percent more than male-only boards.

MONTAGNE: That effect actually intensified during the financial crisis because companies with women directors took on less debt and made fewer risky deals.

INSKEEP: And that's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News.

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MONTAGNE: I'm Renee Montagne.

INSKEEP: And I'm Steve Inskeep.

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