Women of Color Make up 1/3 of Working Women, but less than ½ of One Percent of S&P 500 CEOs

Thursday, March 19, 2015
The 10 highest-paid CEOs in 2013 (AP photos)

The corner offices of the largest U.S. corporations have few if any women of color, even though these women comprise a third of America’s working women.


Inside S&P 500 companies, women of color make up 0.4% of CEOs, according to ThinkProgress. If you’re a Latina woman, there’s no one who looks like you in the top job—no S&P 500 company has a Latina chief executive.


White women do much better than women of color; they make up 4.4% of CEOs. That’s still not saying much—they’re 31% of the workforce in general.


Women of color hold just 3.1% of all board seats for S&P 500 companies, and 3.9% of all executive positions. At the managerial level, they account for less than 10%. And among all S&P 500 workers, they comprise 16.5%.

-Noel Brinkerhoff


To Learn More:

Women of Color are a Third of All Working Women, but They Aren’t in Corporate America (by Bryce Covert, ThinkProgress)

The State of Diversity in Today’s Workforce (by Crosby Burns, Kimberly Barton, and Sophia Kerby, Center for American Progress)


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