The representation of women within the leadership of public accounting firms is too low, according to Jeanette Franzel, a member of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.

In a speech earlier this month at the Eighth Annual Washington Women Speak conference in Washington, D.C., Franzel pointed out that despite the fact that women have represented about 50 percent of new CPAs in the accounting profession for the past 20 years, women account for only 19 percent of partners in CPA firms nationwide.

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