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TMCNet:  Politics Not a Predictor of Gender Diversity in Executive Suite

[May 16, 2017]

Politics Not a Predictor of Gender Diversity in Executive Suite

VANCOUVER, Wash., May 16, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Just because a company is based in a state with progressive politics doesn�t mean the company�s executive team will reflect the gender diversity that the state supports and promotes, according to new research from DiscoverOrg, the world�s leading sales and marketing intelligence solution. The research, conducted earlier this month, surveyed more than 50,000 U.S. employees in the company�s data set, with 10,234 individuals responding.

Percentage of US Female C-Level Executive by State (2017)
Proprietary research from DiscoverOrg showing percentage of female executives in 50 USA states.


Most notably, the research shows that the deep-red state of Montana has the highest percentage of women in the executive suite of any state, with 40.9%. Alaska, also a politically conservative state (and the one with the highest male population, at 52%), is also in the top three states, with 33.3% females in the executive suite. According to DiscoverOrg�s data, the national average is 24.8%.

At the same time, blue states California,Massachusetts and New Jersey showed percentages of female senior executives well below the national mean, with averages of 21.4%, 20.7% and 20.0%, respectively.

Research clearly shows that diversity isn�t just a social goal, but good business. Companies with more diversity have a much better chance of posting financial returns above national industry medians,� noted DiscoverOrg CMO Katie Bullard. �While some companies do a far better job than others at gender parity, the national mean of 24.8% is still well below where it should be if companies want to strengthen their bottom line.�

The top five states for gender diversity in the executive suite are: Montana (40.9% female); District of Columbia (38.2%); Vermont (38.0%); Alaska (33.3%) and Delaware (33.3%). Conversely, the five states with the least gender parity are: Utah (17.0%); West Virginia (17.2%); Kentucky (18.0%); Oklahoma (19.0%); and Texas (19.7%).

Some additionally interesting results appear when looking at the states by region: Despite a relatively poor showing by Massachusetts and Connecticut, the best performing U.S. region was New England (ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT), posting an average of 28.3%. Meanwhile, New Mexico�s above-average performance of 25% women in the executive suite wasn�t enough to offset the below-average performance of the other states in the Southwest; Oklahoma, Texas and Arizona were all part of the 10 worst-performing states, at 19.0%, 19.7% and 20.9%, respectively.

A complete list of U.S. regions, by rank:

  1. New England (ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT) � 28.3%
  2. Rocky Mountains (MT, ID, WY, UT, CO) � 26.7%
  3. Mid-Atlantic (NY, PA, MD, DE, NJ, DC) � 26.6%
  4. Far West (WA, OR, CA, NV, HI, AK) � 25.5%
  5. Southeast (AR, LA, MS, AL, GA, FL, NC, SC, TN, KY, WV, VA) � 23.6%
  6. Great Lakes (WI, IL, MI, IN, OH) � 23.5%
  7. Plains (ND, SD, NE, KS, MN, IA, MO) � 23.4%
  8. Southwest (AZ, NM, OK, TX) � 21.1%

Find out here how your own state fares on executive suite gender diversity, and access DiscoverOrg�s complete report, including downloadable graphics of the percentages for all 50 states, the top 5 states, and the bottom 5 states.�

About DiscoverOrg
DiscoverOrg is the leading global sales and marketing intelligence tool used by over 2,300 of the world�s fastest growing companies to accelerate growth. The company itself has been named an Inc. 5000 fastest-growing company six times. DiscoverOrg�s award-winning solutions provide a constant stream of accurate and actionable company, contact, and buying intelligence that can be used to find, connect with, and sell to target buyers more effectively � all integrated into the leading CRM and Marketing Automation Tools in the market. DiscoverOrg�s team of over 250 researchers refreshes every data point at minimum every 60 days � ensuring customers reach the right buyers with the right message at the right time.

A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/585d474f-8351-41c1-9329-a67c15b021e7

Media Contacts
Katie Bullard
DiscoverOrg
pr@discoverorg.com
800-914-1220

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