I recently came across this great piece by Inc.’s Jill Krasney—“How Gender Diverse Are the Inc. 5000 CEOs? As part of the only 6.5 percent of women-backed, VC-funded startups, (hence the name of this blog), I believe that we still have a long way to go in terms of gender equality. However, it’s great to be reminded of the small successes, and things seem to be looking up for Fortune 5000 companies. Here’s the standout stat that got me excited: “According to data from 2014 Inc. 5000, 14 percent of the companies’ CEOs are women, up from 8 percent only 10 years ago.”
That being said, the pattern isn’t replicated across all sectors. Krasney compares gender diversity in Fortune 5000 companies to that of Fortune 500 companies. For the latter, the picture is bleaker: This year there are only 24 women CEOs in Fortune 500 companies—that’s 4.8 percent of the total execs. In addition, only 1 percent of venture-backed, Series A startups have a woman founder. I am committed to changing these numbers for the better.