January 14, 2015

Women CEOs in Fortune 500 companies, 1995-2017

Year Share of CEOs who are women
1995 0.0%
1996 0.2%
1997 0.4%
1998 0.4%
1999 0.4%
2000 0.4%
2001 0.8%
2002 1.2%
2003 1.4%
2004 1.6%
2005 1.8%
2006 2.0%
2007 2.4%
2008 2.4%
2009 3.0%
2010 3.0%
2011 2.4%
2012 3.6%
2013 4.0%
2014 4.8%
2015 4.8%
2016 4.2%
2017 5.4%

Source: Fortune 500 and Catalyst.

Note: Prior to 2017, based on the percentage of women CEOs at the time of the annual published Fortune 500 list. For 2017, share is as of the end of the first quarter.

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