Catalyst finds scant progress for Fortune 500 women leaders
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Despite high-profile news about gender gaps, equal pay and
women on boards, the needle barely budged for women aspiring to top business
leadership in corporate America in 2012, Catalyst reports.
Women’s share of board director and executive officer
positions increased by only half a percentage point or less during the past
year, according to "2012 Catalyst Census: Fortune 500 Women Board Directors”
and "2012 Catalyst Census: Fortune 500 Executive Officers and Top Earners.”
Women held 16.6 percent of board seats in 2012, compared to
16.1 percent the year before, representing the seventh consecutive year of no significant
growth. In both 2011 and
2012, less than one-fifth of companies had 25 percent or more women directors,
while one-tenth had no women serving on their boards.
In 2012, women of color held just 3.3 percent of all Fortune
500 board seats, a tiny uptick from 3 percent the year before. More than
two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies had no women of color board
directors for the fifth consecutive year.
Women held 14.3 percent of executive officer positions, compared
to 14.1 percent in 2011, representing a flat line for the third straight year. They
held only 8.1 percent of top earner slots at Fortune 500 companies, up slightly
from 7.5 percent in 2011.
2012 Catalyst Census: Fortune 500 Women Board Directors
2012 Catalyst Census: Fortune 500
Women Executive Officers and Top