California has nearly tripled the number of women on its public company boards since 2018


The California Partners Project tracks women’s representation on California’s public company boards in order to understand the effects of California’s first-in-the-nation women on boards law, SB 826, and to highlight the opportunity in California for professional women interested in board service. 


Resources and tools on this site include:

  •  A Resource Hub for women interested in board services and companies interested in diversifying their boards. 

  • A list of the public companies in California with opportunities for women directors.

  • Our report series, documenting the sea change in board leadership in California, sharing the perspectives of business leaders, and spotlighting some of the tremendous female talent California companies have added to their boards in the past three years.  

In 2018, State Senator Hannah Beth Jackson passed and Governor Jerry Brown enacted SB826, a first-in-the-nation law requiring publicly-traded companies with California headquarters to have at least one woman on their board of directors. By January 1, 2022, the law requires that boards of six or more directors have at least three women, and boards of five have at least two. Our data shows that at least 296 women need to be added to California public company boards to fulfill the gender requirement of the law.



Board seats held by men


Board seats held by women


Women needed by 2022



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2021 Women on Boards Gender Diversity Directory

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Deloitte Board Diversity Census

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