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Today, women occupy 16.9 percent of Fortune 500 corporate board seats, according to the Catalyst 2013 Board Census. Progress has been made, but the rate of change has been slow. Moreover, that percentage has grown only 3.3 percentage points in the last decade, despite women’s proportionately larger presence in the labor force and higher education enrollment. In this paper, CED outlines its plan for direct outreach to the nominating committees of prominent corporate boards and includes recommendations for expanding the criteria for qualified female board members.