2012 Wasn’t That Great A Year For Women In Business

A big year for women in politics. But in business, the numbers barely budged.

Stephen Lam / Reuters

In 2012, women took over the CEO spots at two of the world’s largest consumer tech companies: Marissa Mayer at Yahoo, and Virginia Rometty at IBM. Those headlines were encouraging, but a year-end survey finds they’re not indicative of a real ratio shift.

The percentage of women acting as board directors or CEOs at Fortune 500 companies went up less than half a point this year, according to new data from Catalyst, a research group that specializes in this topic. And the number of women who hold corporate board seats didn’t go up at all — it’s been stuck at 16.6% for seven years.

Tons of publications have called 2012 “the year of the woman,” largely pointing to the election, in which a record-breaking 20 women were elected to Senate.

Well, there’s always next year.

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