Women CEOs

Women—particularly women of color, women born outside of the United States, and LGBT women—are underrepresented among CEOs of the Fortune 500. Catalyst tracks the data and helps advance more women onto corporate boards.



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Women CEOs

Historical Women CEOs of the Fortune Lists: 1972-2023 (List)

The only complete listing of all the women who have been CEO in the Fortune listings.

In-Person Executive Discussion: Challenges and Opportunities for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the Future of Work – What do workers want from their leaders?

Join us for an engaging conversation with Catalyst President & CEO Lorraine Hariton and a senior Steelcase executive on the steps we all need to take to be an employer of choice. 

International Women’s Day (IWD): Impacting Positive Change by Embracing Equity Webinar Recording

In celebration of International Women’s Day, and of women across all their intersecting identities, join Catalyst for a vibrant discussion on leveraging your sphere of influence to forge a fair and equal world.

DEI 101

Pyramid: Women in the United States Workforce (Infographic)

Catalyst's famous pyramid depicts how the number of women in leadership positions shrinks as they climb the corporate ladder.

Women CEOs of the S&P 500 (List)

Only 8.2% of S&P 500 CEOs are women. See which companies put women at the top of their C-suites.

Joint Catalyst & ExecuShe Panel Discussion: The Corporate Gender Power Gap

One in five top executives globally are women, but when it comes to decision-making power men hold nine times more power in corporate leadership.

WEBINAR: International Women’s Day (IWD): Impacting Positive Change by Embracing Equity

Join Catalyst as we recognize International Women's Day, celebrating women across all their intersecting identities.

Financial Times Live: Women at the Top Europe (Partner Event)

How do you build a culture to increase the percentage of women throughout the business - not just at the top? What does the future of leadership look like?

Business Case

Women in the Workforce: United States (Quick Take)

Data overview of American women at all levels of the workforce, updated to reflect changes during Covid-19 pandemic.

Women CEOs

Women CEOs in Underrepresented Groups (List)

Women, women of color, women born outside of the United States, and LGBT women are underrepresented in the Fortune 500.

Future of Work

Highlights from the Sold-Out Catalyst Awards

Catalyst gathered leaders in person and virtually from around the globe to reimagine the workplace at our sold-out event.

Organizational Culture Change

LinkedIn Live: Prioritizing Workplace Equity Now

Join Hariton and Advaithi to hear about how organizations can prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.

Board Diversity

LinkedIn Live: Advancing Progress For Women of Color in Leadership

Join us for a conversation about advancing progress for women of color in the C-suite and corporate governance.

Women CEOs

Now is the Moment: Women’s Advancement in the Arts, Business, and Beyond (Webinar Recording)

Catalyst and the New York Philharmonic present a timely discussion exploring the experiences of women across sectors and industries. The panel…

Women CEOs

How Women CEOs Are Selected & Succession (List)

Up-to-date information on women CEO selection and succession within Fortune 500 companies.

Women CEOs

2013 Catalyst Census: Fortune 500 Women Executive Officers and Top Earners (Report)

Once again the needle barely budged for women aspiring to top business leadership in corporate America.

Women CEOs

2012 Catalyst Census: Financial Post 500 Women Senior Officers and Top Earners (Report)

Census tracking women's roles in senior officer positions.

Women CEOs

2012 Catalyst Census: Fortune 500 Women Executive Officers and Top Earners (Report)

The 2012 Catalyst Census provides critical statistics to gauge women's advancement into leadership and highlights the gender diversity gap.

Setting the Record Straight

Catalyst’s Setting the Record Straight series used hard evidence derived primarily from Catalyst Fortune 500 and Financial Post 500 Census data to debunk myths about women in corporate leadership.

Board Diversity

The “Think Director, Think CEO” Myth: Fortune 500 Companies (Report)

This report addresses the myth that CEO experience is a requirement for corporate board service.