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Female CEOs in the Fortune 500
What: In 2007, there were 12 women CEOs running Fortune 500 companies. By the end of 2009, that number had risen to 15.
Why: It may not sound like a lot, but it is a record: 2.6% of top CEOs. And the number’s grown fast: at the beginning of the decade there were just three. Today’s headcount includes three women of color, Indra Nooyi (Pepsi), Ursula Burns (Xerox) and Andrea Jung (Avon).
Get this: Thanks to layoffs in this recession, women are expected to outnumber men in the U.S. workforce in 2010. Will that lead to more women on the Fortune 500 list? Hard to say, but a recent USA Today report suggests that in 2009, large companies led by women had better-than-average performances.
Indra Nooyi talks with Kai Ryssdal about business’ responsibilities to their stakeholders. Catch the interview on Marketplace today.
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