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This New Report Shows the Massive Gender Unbalance Among Fortune 500 CEOs Despite Record Breaking Female CEO Numbers

One thing that most people would have a hard time arguing against is the fact that women tend to be inherently disadvantaged in society for the most part. This is something that can be seen in virtually every single walk of life, but suffice it to say that things have slowly but surely been moving in the right direction at least if you look at the previous few decades in the world.

If you were to look at female CEOs, for example, various Fortune 500 companies have been hiring them a lot more often as of late. Back in 2002, only 7 of the 500 major corporations that comprise this index were female. By 2021 this number had gotten as high as 41, and it broke all records to get to around 74 female CEOs for Fortune 500 companies. With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that this only represents 15 percent of the total number of CEOs.

What this basically means is that male CEOs still more or less completely dominate the landscape of Fortune 500 companies with all things having been considered and taken into account. This is something that needs to change because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up making it really difficult for women to achieve a level of equality that can truly enable them to live lives that are just as vibrant, safe and fair as the ones that men get to enjoy thanks to their privilege.

However, it should also be noted that there are way more female CEOs than ever before, and this number is increasing at a rather exponential rate. Karen Lynch, the CEO of CVS Health, brought in nearly $270 billion in revenue in 2021, so it’s clear that female CEOs are not just placeholders that are put in place for publicity stunts and the like. It will be exciting to see an increasing number of women adopting major leadership positions in organizations.


H/T: Statista.

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