Zonta USA Caucus is exploring the opportunities that State Legislation would have on increasing diversity and increase representation of Women on Corporate Boards.
Model legislation has been passed in California
In 2018, Women on Boards (Senate Bill 826) was signed into law to advance equitable gender representation on California corporate boards. California is now leading the way as the first state in the nation to require all publicly held domestic or foreign corporations whose principal executive offices are located in California to have at least one female director on their boards by December 31, 2019, either by filling an open seat or by adding a seat. One or two more female directors would be required, depending upon the size of the publicly held corporation by December 31, 2021.