Conference room table The proportion of minorities being appointed last year matched the all-time high of 23 percent first achieved in 2017, mainly due to the more than doubling of African-American appointees. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Women appointees to corporate boards are at an all time high – but the overall percentage of women comprising boards is still “stubbornly low,” according to the 2019 Board Monitor report from Heidrick & Struggles.

Last year 40 percent of appointments to Fortune 500 company boards went to women, compared to 18 percent in 2009, when the executive search firm first started tracking boards. However, the total share of seats held by women on Fortune 500 boards in 2018 was still only 22.5 percent.

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.

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