Study: Women Are Unrepresented In Leadership At The Top Mass. Companies

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By Zeninjor Enwemeka
February 8, 2020

Only one of the state’s largest companies has reached gender parity in its leadership positions — and only one has a female CEO — according to a new study by the Eos Foundation.

The report, released Thursday, examined leadership across the 25 largest public companies based in Massachusetts and ranked them based on the representation of women. It finds that while women make up more than half of the state’s population and people of color make up 30%, they are hardly represented at the executive level of the state’s biggest companies.

“The companies that we surveyed employ a million people and are worth $900 billion. So, if we start with those 25 that goes a long way to making this state hopefully one of the first to lead on diversity and inclusion,” Eos Foundation president Andrea Silbert said.

Eighty percent of the companies were marked as “unsatisfactory” or in need of “urgent attention” to achieve gender parity in the report.

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