Halfway through 2015, Fortune took a look at the ranks of women CEOs in the Fortune 500. We found a precarious balance of good news (at No. 6, GM CEO Mary Barra sits higher on the list than any of her female predecessors) and bad (fewer women made the cut than in 2014).
Now, as 2015 draws to a close, it’s clear that the balance has definitively tipped in one direction—and it’s not in women executives’ favor.
In June, Fortune reported that there were 23 female CEOs in the Fortune 500, down by one from the previous year’s tally of 24. Since then, that number has slipped to 22—and it will soon dip even lower.
First to go was Gracia Martore, former CEO of Gannett Company, who fell off the list in late June when the company spun off its publishing business. While Martore became CEO of TEGNA, the resulting company, it’s no longer large enough to make the 500.
Next came a more dramatic departure: Ellen Kullman, CEO of DuPont . Kullman survived a battle with activist investor Nelson Peltz earlier this year, only to announce her retirement in October. (Kullman was far from the only high-profile female CEO to become an activist target in 2015.)
And, as of January 31, the count will tick down to 21. That’s the day Carol Meyrowitz of TJX Companies steps down from her post.
The report also reveals several other dispiriting trends for women in business. The current growth rate for female CEOs in the S&P 500 is anemic: Just one new woman every two years. What’s more, female CEOs in this cohort have a shorter tenure, holding the top job for an average four years—two fewer years on average than their male counterparts. While four years vs. six years may not seem like much of a disparity, the Cap IQ researchers point out that, over the life of a career, a gap of a couple years can translate to a major pay differential.
That’s not to say that you should start the New Year by crying into your champagne. We already know of two women whose companies will likely make the Fortune 500 for the first time next year. In May 2016, Vicki Hollub is expected to become CEO of No. 115, Occidental Petroleum . Then on Dec. 31, 2016, Anna Manning will take the helm of the Reinsurance Group of America , which is currently No. 273 on the ranking.
Adding two new women won’t bring the list of female CEOs back to 2014 levels, but it’s a step in the right direction. Let’s hope it’s just the first of many.education is the key to success gamestop lake success hair success hair success fargo how do you define success how do you say success in spanish invitro fertilization success rate iron dome success rate keytruda success rate l5 s1 surgery success rate lake success, ny lumbar radiofrequency ablation success rate parvo treatment success rate positive quotes for success serv u success sleep for success pillow stem cell transplant success rate success group international success has many fathers success images success plural success rate success rate of if already ovulating success short motivational quotes success stories of tinnitus going away sweet success the best revenge is success which of the following is not a key success factor in the country location decision? work hard in silence let success make the noise writing for success success rate by age ablation for afib success rate academic success allergy immunotherapy success rate animal mating success horse another word for success as discussed in class, tide was able to maintain its success over a 30-year time span by: avoidant attachment relationship success before we can evaluate the success of a drug treatment program, we have to understand the program's bible verse about success coca-cola’s advertising strategy has been an international success because cone biopsy success rate director of customer success eleven rings the soul of success estrogen levels and ivf success how to stop being jealous of others success in vitro fertilization success rate iui success rate calculator iui success stories ivf success rates jack canfield success principles key to success quotes lake success golf club lake success zip code lake success, new york laxative weight loss success stories letrozole 2.5 mg success log in success factors mantras for success measuring success motivated for success nrad lake success palmers skin success pcos hair loss regrowth success professional success quest for success quotes about future success reverse vasectomy success rate rowan success network salon success success and failure success and failure quotes success and failure quotes success antonym success breeds success success inspirational quotes for work success mortgage partners success motivators success pics success quotes for students success stories the laws of success unconventional success was the new deal a success or failure weight watcher success what does success look like what is the success rate of cardioversion whole30 success story wishing success quotes agent tools for success artificial insemination success rate best wishes for success bridge to success castor oil at 38 weeks success chemotherapy success rate dua for exam success dua for success in exam executive success program gateway to success jack canfield success principles leg angioplasty success rate lung transplant success rate march to success preseed success rate probability of success quotes about success in life quotes about success in life real estate success reverse vasectomy success rate student academic success center success barbershop success ed success in chinese success rice success stories of tinnitus going away success team success unlimited academy the national society of leadership and success reviews vbac success calculator vbac success rate way of the wolf: straight line selling: master the art of persuasion, influence, and success bachelor success rate customer success specialist dress for success atlanta family success center fresh success smoothie mix levothyroxine weight loss success stories prayer for work success quotes on success in life success affirmations success bible verses success essay success habits success qoutes success rate of cervical epidural steroid injection success verbs synonym success will success spoil rock hunter cochlear implant success rate customer success manager job description dress for success donations egg freezing success rates financial success gastric bypass revision success rate gcu student success center herniated disc surgery success rate inspiration quotes for success iui success rate by age iui success tips ivf success rate ivf success rates under 35 ladder of success road to success quotes senior customer success manager salary social success success coaching success driving school success has many fathers success in french success in high school success is like being pregnant success lion quotes success lion quotes success nutrients success spelling success syn success vision tethered spinal cord surgery success rate topamax and phentermine weight loss success stories 2018 was reconstruction a success or failure 5 day frozen embryo transfer success rates ahcc hpv success 2020