The electric utility and household and personal care product sectors populate the other end of the spectrum. Taking the Russell 3000, women make up 17.1 percent of directors in the power generation sector, while 97.6 percent of these companies have boards with at least one female director and 65.5 percent – double the index’s average – have at least two female members. The highest level of female directorships is found in the household and personal care sector – 19.8 percent and 28.1 percent for Russell 3000 and S&P 500 companies, respectively. The sector, historically known for its relatively high levels of female participation in corporate decision making, also has the largest percentage of female CEOs – 16.7 percent, more than four times the Russell 3000 average.
Overall, levels of female directorships representation for the both Russell 3000 and S&P 500 were unmoved from a year earlier: 10.7 percent (or about the same number of directors called either John or Robert) and 15.5 percent, respectively.