CHICAGO-Commercial real estate may be viewed in the public eye as a wholly male-dominated industry, but female executives in the REIT space are beginning to catch up. A new study from consulting firm Ferguson Partners Ltd. shows that real estate investment trusts that have had a female board member for more than three years have seen materially higher returns than their counterparts.

Data from Ferguson revealed that firms with at least one female on their board garnered higher shareholder return growth rates, specifically, 2.6% higher than peers over a three-year horizon; 3.6% higher than peers over a five-year period; and 3.4% higher than peers over a 10-year horizon.


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