FIRN Women Online Seminars

FIRN Women is hosting online seminars presented by female ECRs in a monthly seminar series. The seminars will be via zoom and will be about an hour long, comprising presentation followed by moderated Q&A. The programme for the next few months is as follows:

Friday 23 October, 1pm (AEDT) – Marina Gertsberg, Monash,

Gender Quotas and Support for Women in Board Elections
Authors: Marina Gertsberg, Johanna Mollerstrom, Michaela Pagel
Abstract: In this paper, we provide new evidence on shareholder support for quota-mandated female candidates in elections for the board of directors. We study shareholder support for board nominees around the enactment of California’s gender quota for corporate boards introduced in 2018. Our results show that shareholder support for female nominees is stronger than for male nominees before and after the introduction of the quota. We also show that support for incumbent female nominees increases after the quota whereas support for new (mandated) female nominees decreases after the quota, falling to the level of support for male nominees. This finding is interesting in light of the documented negative share price reaction to the quota, and suggests that shareholder votes are important in answering the question whether shareholders oppose the addition of mandated female board members.

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FIRN Women Engagement Meetings

FIRN is hosting bi-monthly online catch-up meetings with VP FIRN Women, Jacquie Humphrey. These informal chats will allow FIRN women to connect with their networks over zoom and a BYO cup of tea. Upcoming dates:

Friday 23 October, 12pm (AEDT)

Look out for the FIRN Women email with the zoom link and password