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Women held only 5.1% of CEO positions in the S&P 1500

Research has found that the majority of men think there are enough women leaders at work, but new numbers say otherwise. That’s why new findings from Pew Research Center aren’t all that surprising — just 5.1% of CEOs in the S&P Composite 1500 from 2016 to 2017 were women.

Pew took a look at the federal securities filings at American companies in this stock index. “This research builds on and extends previous work by other researchers that has found low levels of women leaders in major U.S. companies,” Pew reported.

Here are some of the other data points that stood out.

How many women are in other top roles

The research also found that women comprised 11.5% of “other top executives,” — positions like CFO and COO — from 2016 to 2017.

The research also broke down other specific leadership jobs women at these companies had that weren’t CEO roles during the same time period.

It found that women executives made up 25.8% of chief financial officers, 23.7% of general counsel/general legal officers and 14.7% of business unit/segment heads.

Just 9.7% were human resources/chief people officers, 7.2% were president/chief operating officer/head of operations and 18.9% fell into the “other” category.

Overall, women were in 10% of the highest leadership roles, like “chief executive officers, chief financial officers, and the next three highest-paid executives” during the given time period.

How many women are filling other top roles by industry

The findings also include data on how many women were “non-CEO executives” at companies in different industries from 2016 to 2017.

  • Utilities: 17.3%
  • Consumer discretionary: 16.1%
  • Materials: 13.6%
  • Heath care: 12.6%
  • Consumer staples: 12.3%
  • Industrials: 10.5%
  • Information technology: 9.9%
  • Real estate: 8.6%
  • Energy: 8.5%
  • Financials: 8.1%
  • Telecommunication services: 6.0%

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