Barbies on Board: Grievances in Unequal Gender Competition at Listed Companies – Evidence From China (78546)

Session Information: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Gender
Session Chair: Mario Liong

Sunday, 26 May 2024 13:45
Session: Session 3
Room: Room 603
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

This study investigates the experiences of female directors behind the corporate curtain, inspired by thought-provoking scenes of the boardroom in Barbie’s latest film. Utilizing a socialist feminist lens, we leverage panel data spanning 2008-2018 to quantitatively assess whether reality reflects the cinematic portrayal of imbalanced board diversity. The regression analyses examine if greater gender diversity on boards (“More Barbies on Board”) positively influences financial performance, while probing for subtle systemic biases against women leaders. The results suggest that the presence of female directors significantly enhances profitability and firm valuation, spotlighting women’s unrecognized potential. However, women face disproportionately high education requirements despite qualifications showing no meaningful impact on outcomes. This imbalance signals lingering gender bias, even as female directors demonstrate productive contributions. By rigorously debunking assumptions and revealing obstacles, this study aims to reshape outdated perceptions of women’s capabilities on and off screen.

Anning Zhang, University of Macau, Macau
Jiwei Wu, University of Macau, Macau
Yuanyuan Zhang, University of Macau, Macau

About the Presenter(s)
Mr Anning Zhang is currently a PhD Candidate in Public Administration at Faculty of Social Science, University of Macau, China

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00