Business: A Good Woman Is Easier to Find

And a little self-promotion never hurts

In these tunes of unfriendly takeover attempts and vexing shareholder suits, the corporate board room is no longer the snug, overstuffed haven it used to be. Still, a directorship remains a sure sign of having made it in the business world. Few women have broken through the well-guarded boardroom door: only 276 women sit on boards of the nation's biggest 1,300 corporations. They tend to be concentrated in packaged-goods and other consumer-related companies.

Last week at a breakfast in Manhattan, ten members of the Financial Women's Association, a...

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