Women In A Men-Dominated Industry

Published: Jun 26, 2014

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Once again, C&EN’s annual survey of corporate boards and top executives reveals that women have made substantial gains in the upper ranks of major U.S. chemical companies. And for another year, the chemical industry has gained ground on the larger business world as well. The most solid advances have been on boards of directors. Of the 419 board seats at the 42 chemical firms included in the survey, 15.5% are held by women. This figure handily beats last year’s mark of 14.5%, which itself was a gain of nearly one percentage point versus the year before. Additionally, the survey found 1.5 female directors per company, versus 1.4 in 2013.

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