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Why aren't more companies cashing in on the benefits of putting women in charge?

This story appears in the April 2008 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

are real assets on the of publicly traded , according to a 2007 report by Group and Organization Management, which found that women have a positive effect on a firm's short-term performance, three-year stock price growth and growth in earnings per share.

The report speculates that these boons come from better innovation and problem-solving processes that occur in more diverse top management teams. So why are so few women at the helms of publicly traded companies?

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