Female leaders in the Fortune 500 had another record year.
This year’s Fortune 500 list “ties the record (set last year) for highest number of female CEOs with 24, including Mary Barra (General Motors), Meg Whitman (Hewlett-Packard), Ginny Rometty (IBM) and more.” So reads the press release about the new list of America’s 500 largest companies by revenue, which was published this morning.
But there’s a less charitable way to look at this new. The number of female CEOs of America’s most influential companies is stuck at a 5 percent, as it was the year before. While women make up 45 percent of the labor force of the S&P 500, few are climbing to the very top.