Fortune 500 Boards Gender Diversity

Proof Point

Women board members of Fortune 500 companies increased from 16% in 2010 to 20% in 2016, or 1,100 out of 5,440 total board seats

Fortune 500 Boards Gender Diversity

2010 – 2016

Proof Point Findings

  • Increasing Women Representation – Women board members of Fortune 500 boards grew by four percentage points between 2010 and 2016, from 16% (856 seats) to 20% (1,100 seats)
  • Steady Share of Minority Women Directors – Increased from 161 in 2010 to 207 in 2016, maintaining 19% share of Fortune 500 board positions
  • Key Drivers – Include increasing recognition that differences in perspective, experience and culture promote innovation and better decision-making, heightening industry expertise of women and racial minorities as workplaces and educational institutions become more accessible to them, as well as growing need for companies to improve image among stakeholders and customers by becoming more inclusive

Market Disruption




Date Last Updated

March 20, 2017

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