Women in Leadership

Boards

Women hold 11.1% of board seats in the Fortune 500.

 

86% of Fortune 500 companies (429 companies) have at least one women director; 14% (71 companies) have no women on their boards.

 

188 companies in the Fortune 500 have two or more women directors; 34 companies have three or more women directors.

 

Of Fortune 100 companies, 97% have at least one woman on their boards.

 

Women Executives

11.2% of corporate officers are women.

 

Over half (258) of Fortune 500 companies have two or more female corporate officers.

 

Savings institutions are the industry with the most women at the top — 32% of corporate officers are women. Other top industries include: diversified financials (30%), publishing/printing (26%), and transportation equipment (24%).

 

Industries with low representation include electronics, semiconductors (2%) and waste management (3%).

 

Women make up 2.7% of top earners – the five most highly paid officers at Fortune 500 companies.

 

Women represent 15.6 percent of law partners and 13.7 percent of Fortune 500 general counsels according to National Association of Law Placement, 2000.

 

Women are nearly half the managerial workforce. They hold 49 percent of managerial and professional specialty positions.

 

Source: Catalyst (unless otherwise stated)

 

Political Office

In 2005, in the U.S. Senate, there are 14 women senators, or 14% of the 100 seats.

 

In the House of Representatives, there are 67 women representatives, or 15.4% of the 435 seats.

 

There are also three women delegates in the House from Guam, the Virgin Islands and Washington, DC

 

Eight states have women governors.

 

In 1980, only 4% of the U.S. Congress was women. In 2005, 15% is.

 

Since 1971, the number of women serving in state legislatures has increased four-fold to 1,666 or 22.6% of the 7,382 state legislature positions:

  • 403 or 20.4% of 1,984 state senators

  • 1,263 or 23.3% of 5,411 House of Representative seats.

 

Source: Center for American Women and Politics


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