Women CEOs in the Fortune 1000: By the numbers

Why we need more female CEOs


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When the 2014 Fortune 500 list appeared in June, numbers like $476 billion (Wal-Mart’s 2013 revenue) and 141 (Facebook’s jump in the rankings) received a lot of attention. Another number didn’t make it into the headlines: 51.

That’s how many Fortune 1000 companies are led by women. We feature some of these female super-achievers in the Fortune Most Powerful Women rankings, but neither that annual list nor the Fortune 500 tells you what these leaders have in common, besides big jobs and big paychecks and gender.

So, we took a deep dive into our own numbers numbers. And here’s what we found:

There are 24 women CEOs in the Fortune 500 and 27 in the Fortune 1000. 


The number of women CEOs in the Fortune 500 has been rising steadily since 1998, when the only female chiefs of such corporate giants were Jill Barad of…

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