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Women in the Fortune 500

Catalyst recognizes and supports the growing number of women in senior
management. Our mission is to expand opportunities for women and business -- and
that includes working to increase the presence of women in the most senior
leadership roles.
 

Women CEOs in the Fortune 500
 

Brenda Barnes, Sara Lee (#104)
Mary F. Sammons, Rite Aid (#128)
Anne M. Mulcahy, Xerox (#130)
Patricia F. Russo, Lucent (#243)
Andrea Jung, Avon Products (#275)
S. Marce Fuller, Mirant (#314)
Eileen Scott, Pathmark Stores (#432)
Marion O. Sandler, Golden West Financial Corporation (#440)
 

WOMEN CORPORATE OFFICERS
(Source: 2002 Catalyst Census of Women Corporate Officers and Top Earners of the Fortune 500)
 

In 2002, women hold 2,140 of the 13,673 corporate officer positions in the Fortune 500.
Thus, women comprise 15.7 percent of corporate officers, while men occupy the remaining
84.3 percent. This means that one of every 16 officers is a woman.
Percent of Women Corporate Officers in the Fortune 500
The proportion of women corporate officers has risen from 8.7 percent in 1995 to 15.7
percent in 2002—an increase of 7 percentage points in 7 years. Yet, men still occupy the vast
majority of corporate officer positions.
 

WOMEN CORPORATE OFFICERS, BY LINE AND STAFF POSITIONS
(Source: 2002 Catalyst Census of Women Corporate Officers and Top Earners of the Fortune 500)
 

Since 1997, when Catalyst first began tracking line officers, the percentage of women has
increased from 5.3 percent to 9.9 percent.
 

Of the 2,259 top-earning corporate officers in the Fortune 500, 118 (5.2 percent) are women.
 

WOMEN TOP-EARNING CORPORATE OFFICERS
(Source: 2002 Catalyst Census of Women Corporate Officers and Top Earners of the Fortune 500)


107 companies have women top earners, compared to 83 companies in 2000. Ten companies
have more than one top-earning woman.