The Fortune 500 Has More Female CEOs Than Ever Before

May 16, 2019 - Fortune

In the latest Fortune 500 list, published Thursday, you’ll find a new record: As of June 1, 33 of the companies on the ranking of highest-grossing firms will be led by female CEOs for the first time ever.

To be sure, that sum represents a disproportionately small share of the group as a whole; just 6.6%. But it also marks a considerable jump from last year’s total of 24, or 4.8%.

The uptick in female CEOs this year is largely the result of women being named chief executive...