Special Report

Companies With the Most (and Least) Female Leadership

Detailed Findings and Methodology:

Chico’s FAS Inc. leads the group with the most representation of females in senior management positions, with women holding 73% of executive positions and comprising 56% of the board. At the other end of the spectrum, Icahn Enterprises and six other companies do not have so much as one woman in any one of their management-related or board positions.

Female representation varies by industry. While women comprise 46.8% of the U.S. workforce, just 9.1% of construction workers are women. Similarly, women hold just 13.4% of mining and logging jobs nationwide and only 23.5% of positions in the transportation and utilities industry. Meanwhile, women hold 74.6% of jobs in the education and health services industry, the largest share of any sector.

Women are often significantly underrepresented in senior leadership. According to the public policy research and advocacy organization Center for American Progress, just 14.6% of executive officers in the United States are women, and women hold only 21.2% of board seats on S&P 500 companies. Women often have a greater presence on the senior leadership teams of apparel and retail companies, and very little senior management representation at companies in energy, technology, and transportation-related fields.

Of the 10 companies with the least female leadership, three are car makers, three are consumer electronics manufacturers, and two are oil and pipeline services companies. Of the 10 companies with the most female leadership, five are in the apparel industry, and two are brick-and-mortar retailers.

To identify the companies with the most and least female leadership, 24/7 Wall St. examined data from research group LedBetter, which created an index of the share of women on the board, as well as the share of women in executive leadership positions at 237 global corporations. We reviewed the top 10 companies with the largest shares of female executives and board directors and the 10 with the smallest shares. Figures were updated to reflect current conditions.

Annual revenue figures for U.S. public companies are from financial documents filed with the SEC for each company’s most recent fiscal year. For private companies and companies headquartered outside the United States, revenue figures are from the companies’ most recent annual reports.