Women Breaking Down Barriers Infographic

October 22, 2019
In this issue’s “By the Numbers” infographic, we chronicle the strides women have made in leadership over the years and across multiple industries.

Women are taking great strides in professional leadership: 52% of management and professional-level positions are held by women, and 11% are top earners. In this issue’s infographic, we look at women leaders across industries who are making history.

  • Women in the C-Suite:
    • 24% increase in women C-suite professionals over past 70 years
    • 33 Fortune 500 women CEOs
    • 28% increase in women CMOs over past six years
  • Women on Boards:
    • Organizations with gender-diverse executive leadership are more likely to outperform on profitability (21%) and value creation (27%)
    • S&P 500 boards with at least three women directors: 37% in 2016; 56% in 2019
  • Women in Finance:
    • Rise in women executives in financial services over past five years: 17.6% to 31%
    • The financial industry has the highest percentage of women in top positions
      • C-Suite: 31%
      • CHRO: 65%
      • CMO: 53%
      • CIO/CTO: 25%
  • Women in STEM:
    • In 2017, women held 18% of STEM leadership roles
    • Women software and IT leadership hires rose 27% in the past 40 years
    • Female-founded tech companies perform 63% better, with a 35% higher return on capital than male-founded tech companies
  • Women in Retail:
    • The retail industry has the highest percentage of women CEOs (12%) and CFOs (19%)
  • Women in Education:
    • Number of women university presidents: 9% in 1966; 30% in 2016
    • Modeling and leading by example are key: U.S. women with working mothers earn 23% more than women whose mothers did not work

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