The forward thinkers in Silicon Valley are letting the side down when it comes to appointing women to their boards of directors.
According to a study of all sectors of corporate America by New York women's research firm Catalyst, the computer industry scores lowest for the number of companies with at least one women executive at board level.
In 1996, female directors accounted for 10.2 per cent of the boards of Fortune 500 companies, but they occupied only six per cent of the boardroom seats in the hi-tech community.
Of the leading Silicon Valley companies, Apple Computer and Sun Microsystems have one female director each on boards of seven people, while Intel scores one out of 12 and Hewlett Packard one out of 14. But that's better than Oracle or AMD, both of which have no women on their eight-strong boards.
The cosmetics and publishing industries rank highest in terms of female representation on the board with scores of 19 per cent and 17 per cent respectively.
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