Women In The Workforce

The Stats

  • Women make up just 5% of Fortune 500 CEOs—down from a record high of 6% in 2017.

  • Women are only 7% of top executives in the Fortune 100 companies.

  • Women occupy only 10% of top management positions in S&P 1500 companies.

  • They hold just 19% of S&P 1500 board seats.

  • They are just 26.5% of executive and senior officials and managers, 11% of top earners, and 4.8% of CEOs in S&P 500 companies.

  • They are only 6% of all venture capital board representatives and lead only 9%of venture capital deals.

  • In 2014, women were just 20% of executives, senior officers, and management in U.S. high-tech industries. As recently as 2016, 43%of the 150 highest-earning public companies in Silicon Valley had no female executive officers.

  • In 2018, White women held almost a third of all management positions at 32.6%.

  • In 2019, 29% of senior management roles are held by women, the highest number ever on record.

  • 87% of global businesses have at least one woman in a senior management role in 2019.

Women of Color:

  • Since the December 2016 departure of Ursula Burns as CEO of Xerox Corp., there have been no black women heading Fortune 500 companies.

  • Geisha Williams' departure from PG&E takes the percentage of Latina Fortune 500 CEOs from 0.2% to 0.0%, equaling the percentage of black female CEOs.

  • With Indra Nooyi stepping down as CEO of PepsiCo in October 2018, the total number of Fortune 500 CEOs who are women of color is now 0.2%. The lone woman leading a Fortune 500 company is Joey Wat of Yum China.

  • Women of color are only 4.7% of executive- or senior-level officials and managers in S&P 500 companies.

  • As recently as 2013, more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies had no women of color as board directors.


Share of women of color in management positions:

  • Latinas: 6.2%

  • Black women: 3.8%

  • Asian women: 2.4

While we've seen a rise in the number of women in senior management roles, these numbers are still far from where they should be, especially when it comes to women of color! Gender equality and diversity can be achieved, as long as we continue to work together!