January 14, 2015

Women CEOs in Fortune 500 companies, 1995-2018

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 6.4%
2018 4.8%

Source: Fortune 500 and Catalyst.

Based on the percentage of women CEOs at the time of the annual published Fortune 500 list.

Pew Research Center