Right around the time you read this, the voters in United States of America will have made up their minds as to whether the nation will experience its first female vice president. Women have had a significant presence in this historic campaign year, with Hillary Clinton a contender for the Democratic nomination and Republican Sarah Palin in the vice presidential race. Whether or not you voted for one of them, this is likely a seminal moment in the quest for gender parity.

Many industries are experiencing the same phenomenon, and it may be a result of there being more women on corporate boards. According to "Advancing Women Leaders: The Connection Between Women Board Directors and Women Corporate Officers," from Catalyst Inc., the number of women on a company's board is directly connected to the future number of women in its senior management ranks. "Women leaders are role models to early- and mid-career women and, simply by being there at the top, encourage pipeline women to aspire to senior positions. They see that their skills will be valued and rewarded," says Ilene Lang, president of Catalyst.

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