More women than ever lead Fortune 500 companies this year but it’s still not that many


HP and Meg Whitman induce the Fortune 500 at No. 59 this year.

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Here’s a milestone for the Fortune 500: more females CEOs than ever lead top companies in the United States.

Of the 500 companies that make up Fortune’s annual ranking for 2017, released Wednesday, 32 have women CEOs. That’s up from 21 in 2016, which was a drop-off from years’ past.

Of course, it’s still not that many6. 4 percent of the top companies’ presidents, to be precise. Fortune started tracking America’s top 500 corporations in 1955.

The ranking is of the top corporations in America by sizing as measured by revenue. The listing spans industries with names like Apple, Walmart, and AT& T alongside energy companies and insurance companies you’ve probably never heard of.

The top corporation on the list led by a woman is General Engine, with CEO Mary Barra, at No. 8. GM is the only company in the top 10 or 20, or 30 with a woman at the helm.

Of the 32 ladies CEOs leading Fortune 500 companies, merely two are women of coloring: Indra Nooyi at Pepsi and Geisha Williams at PG& E. No black females are among the Fortune 500 CEOs this year.( Ursula Burns at Xerox had constructed the listing after she took over in 2009, but Burns stepped down as CEO in December and Xerox split into two companies in January .)

HP, IBM, and Yahoo are the only Fortune 500 tech companies with women in charge. Marissa Mayer just made the cut, with Yahoo at No. 498 on this year’s list.

Here are all the companies with female CEOs on the list and their Fortune ranking 😛 TAGEND

General Motor, Mary Barra, No. 8P TAGEND

IBM, Ginni Rometty, No. 32

PepsiCo, Indra Nooyi, No. 44

Lockheed Martin, Marillyn Hewson, No. 56

HP, Meg Whitman, No. 59

Oracle, Safra Catz, No. 81

General Dynamics, Phebe Novakovic, No. 90

Mondelez International, Irene Rosenfeld, No. 109

Progressive, Tricia Griffith, No. 120

Duke Energy, Lynn Good, No. 121

Staples, Shira Goodman, No. 140

PG& E Corp ., Geisha Williams, No. 157

Synchrony Financial, Margaret Keane, No. 185

Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, Deanna Mulligan, No. 218

Ross Stores, Barbara Rentler, No. 219

Reynolds American, Debra Crew, No. 223

Reinsurance Group of America, Anna Manning, No. 246

Occidental Petroleum, Vicki Hollub, No. 278

Sempra Energy, Debra Reed, No. 280

Hertz Global Holdings, Kathryn Marinello, No. 296

CST Brands, Kim Lubel, No. 306

Veritiv, Mary Laschinger, No. 331

Campbell Soup, Denise Morrison, No. 339

Hershey, Michele Buck, No. 369

CMS Energy, Patricia Poppe, No. 419

Graybar Electric, Kathy Mazzarella, No. 420

Avon Product, Sheri McCoy, No. 444

Ingredion, Ilene Gordon, No. 456

Mattel, Margo Georgiadis, No. 474

KeyCorp, Beth Mooney, No. 479

CH2M Hill, Jacqueline Hinman, No. 494

Yahoo, Marissa Mayer, No. 498