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Women in IR

Whether it’s exposing the glass ceiling for women in IR, highlighting the benefits of board diversity on financials or looking at the ways in which diversity is increasing in importance to the buy side, IR Magazine has been at the forefront of these issues – even being named investment publication of the year at the Willis Towers Watson awards in 2017 for its work uncovering the gender gap at the top levels of IR. 

We’ve now put our archive of gender and diversity articles into one place, divided into three sections for your convenience: IR-specific articles, cultural and financial. Each section is in chronological order, with the most recent articles first.

Women in IR

Beyond lean in, elbow in – Highlights from Women in IR Canada
More than 60 people gather in Toronto to discuss gender equality and pay parity in IR

Women in IR panel debates gender targets
Speakers agree targets matter but can undermine women

NYSE to be female-led for the first time
Stacey Cunningham becomes the exchange’s 67th – and first woman – president

Ford IRO discusses starting the job in top gear
Lynn Antipas Tyson joined Ford at the end of 2017 and was quickly thrown into a dynamic environment and a busy calendar

Breaking the IR glass ceiling
Highlights from IR Magazine’s recent Women in IR series of events, held in September and October

‘Genuine interest’ exists to get more women in top IR roles, says search consultant
Women less likely to obtain top IR jobs, according to research, but there is growing demand for female IR heads

Female CFO pipeline slows in 2017, says Deloitte
Number of women reporting to the CFO drops in 2017

IR Magazine Global Forum 2017: Gary LaBranche
Gary Labranche, NIRI's president and CEO, discusses women in IR, cooperation between IR associations and the impact of Mifid II on the US market

Women in IR: ‘Women have to ask for what they want in business’
In the latest installment of our women in IR video series, Edelman’s Debra Wasser discusses the importance of mentorship and cultivating the next generation of IR talent

Event calls for IR senior management targets for women
What gets measured gets done, according to Women in IR

Women in IR: An opinion piece by Janet Craig
Senior IR executive discusses issue that’s the responsibility of ‘all of us in the investor relations community’

Women in IR special: The Ticker 81 
‘You need to have a culture that feels inclusive to everyone, whether they’re a woman, part of the LGBTQ community or someone who is just a bit different’

Women in IR: Discuss IR gender pay split with HR managers
In part one of our women in IR video series, Theresa Molloy, vice president of governance and shareholder services at Prudential Financial, talks about moving towards gender parity and pay equity

Women in IR: Five questions with RWE’s Gunhild Grieve
The head of IR at the German energy giant and speaker at this week’s Women in IR event in London on why fewer women make it into the top jobs, what diversity looks like at RWE and what other companies can do to make sure more women make it to the top in IR

Women in IR: How sectors compare
Research shows higher percentage of women make it to top jobs in consumer and healthcare sectors

Passive investing, glassbreakers and an IR superstar: The Ticker 77
For IR professionals, the inexorable rise of passive investing could be a game changer’

The Ticker 76: Women in IR, the class of 2016 and a second look at virtual AGMs 
What about investigating what it would cost to have a bare-bones public meeting – without the frills, without the swag

Glassbreakers: Getting more women to the top in IR 
According to research from IR Magazine, the near-even male-to-female split across IR as a whole is not reflected in the number of women making it into the top jobs

Willis Towers Watson names IR Magazine investment publication of the year 
Winners of 2017 awards announced yesterday at global advisory’s London headquarters

IR salaries higher for men than women, says survey
More senior women IROs than men earning above median salary in Europe

IR glass ceiling sees far fewer women making it into top jobs 
New research shows just 33 percent of IR heads are women


Five tips to improve number of women in senior IR positions
More than 80 people gathered at the Women in IR event in New York last month

30% Club members hit US board diversity target
Group now targeting greater female board representation across the Fortune 500

Risky business: What IR professionals need to think about in the #MeToo era
IR must be prepared to answer investor questions about sexual misconduct policies and incidences within the company

Industry view: On gender pay gap, it’s about taking action
Closing the gap needs to move higher up businesses’ to-do lists, says Karen Almeida

State Street Global Advisors to focus on Canadian and Japanese board diversity 
Asset manager expands board diversity campaign launched this year in the US, the UK and Australia

FTSE firms urged to do more to promote women to senior positions 
Progress slow outside largest 100 companies, finds new UK government-backed report

Women in IR: BNY Mellon’s Haertel talks investor’s diversity focus 
In part three of IR Magazine’s video series, Valerie Haertel, global head of investor relations at BNY Mellon, discusses how investors in the US are catching up to their European counterparts in focusing on the business benefits of gender diversity

Vanguard advocates climate risk disclosure and gender diversity
Company chairman and CEO underscores importance of shareholder engagement in public letter to issuers

Three socially responsible ETFs to be listed on Tokyo Stock Exchange
Gender diversity currently one of the biggest ESG themes

Stalling of female Fortune 500 appointments ‘frustrating’, says top US search consultant
In part two of IR Magazine’s video series with Jeff Sanders, we discuss the latest US gender diversity statistics

Female leadership doubles board diversity, though Asia lags
Gender diversity at some of Asia's leading economies is lowest in the world

Female Fortune 500 board appointments slow for first time in seven years, study finds
Heidrick & Struggles’ study predicts boardroom gender parity is 15 years away

Vanguard of the movement: An interview with the 30% Club
Deborah Gilshan talks about the challenges facing the group

A diversity of perspective: Q&A with Tim Harford
Ahead of his presentation at IR Magazine’s Cocktail and Networking evening with Q4 on March 2, economist Tim Harford answers a few questions 


Gender diversity: An economic and strategic imperative
Reporting on pay gaps has so far proved a cathartic exercise

Women in IR: Corporate finance background works better for men
Near-parity reached among those coming from capital markets, IR Magazine research shows

Women in IR: Work in progress
With men still taking up nearly two thirds of top IR jobs, it seems no meaningful crack appeared in IR’s glass ceiling in 2017

Twenty-seven global investors with £10.5 tn of assets under management support the 30% Club
JPMorgan Asset Management is among the fund managers pressing companies in which they invest to promote more women to senior positions

Women in IR: Diversity points to stock performance, research finds
With institutional investors increasingly looking at board diversity, investment adviser ThirtyNorth Investments has looked at the link between female representation and share price

Women-led hedge funds generate better returns, reveals index 
Performance comes despite female managers being underrepresented in the funds

Women in Japan the focus for new MSCI index
Empowering Women Index one of two new Japan-focused indexes launched by MSCI

Women in IR: Q&A with AXA IM’s Julie Lamirel
Asset managers put money where their mouth is as far as women in leadership is concerned – part one

Women in IR: Q&A with Pax World’s CEO Joe Keefe
Asset managers put money where their mouth is as far as women in leadership is concerned – part two

Board picks in contested scenarios are less diverse, study finds
Between 2011 and 2015, just 8.4 percent of nominees put forward by both activists and targeted boards were female

State Street to use proxy voting to put more women on boards
Greater diversity leads to more perspective, argues asset manager