Washington D.C Included in the Top 50 Places in the U.S. for Female Executives


By: Precious Osagie-Erese

Equal pay for women has been a continuous fight on Capitol Hill. Yet the gender gap still exists. But a new study reveals some cities around the country are making headway in closing that gap. Infogroup Targeting Solutions (ITS) surveyed nearly half a million businesses nationwide and found that Washington D.C. and Bethesda, Maryland are among the top 5 cities in the U.S. for female executives.

Topping the chart is Dover, Delaware with women making strides to hold as many executive positions as men. The survey revealed that 44.8 percent of companies in Dover have at least one woman in an executive position. Coming in at number four and five respectfully are Washington D.C. and Bethesda Maryland, with D.C. at 41.1 percent and Bethesda, 41 percent.

Infogroup is one of the leading data-driven company’s in the U.S., widely known for delivering real-time business and consumer data. Analysts say the findings are rather remarkable if you consider of the 12,000 cities studied only 27 percent have firms where women are in top leadership positions.

According to Infogroup, companies such as Facebook, Google and Apple have reported that about three-quarters of their leadership positions were filled by men this year. However, even though many of these companies face criticism over the gender gap in employment, high-tech cities actually have the most companies with women in leadership.

Analysts discovered after scouring through the national business data that the Silicon Valley is actually the friendliest place in America for female executives. Of the top 50 cities–with the most companies holding women in controlling positions–six of those cities are located in the high-tech region of California.

“While less than a dozen tech companies have released their own data on hiring and the gender gap, we analyzed nearly half a million businesses nationwide,” said David McRae, president of Infogroup Targeting Solutions. “While the gender gap certainly needs to be closed at major tech companies, the deeper data reveals another side to the story in the Silicon Valley.”

Palo Alto, California reaches the No.2 spot. Five other Silicon Valley cities made the top 50: Emeryville at No. 10 and Facebook’s hometown of Menlo Park at No. 7. San Francisco, Oakland and Redwood City rounded out the top list.

So ladies looking to be a CEO of a company, southern California is the place to be.

Below is the top 10 cities along with the percentage of companies that have at least one woman in an executive position.

  1. Dover, Del. – 44.8 percent
  2. Palo Alto, Ca. – 42.3 percent
  3. Chapel Hill, N.C. – 41.5 percent
  4. Washington, D.C. – 41.1 percent
  5. Bethesda, Md. – 41 percent
  6. New Haven, Conn. – 41 percent
  7. Menlo Park, Calif. – 40.9 percent
  8. Frankfort, Ky. – 40.6 percent
  9. Williamsburg, Va. – 40.5 percent
  10. Emeryville, Ca. – 40.4 percent


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