After all, 21 female CEOs represent a paltry 4.2% of Fortune 500 chiefs. Nonetheless, it is significant as well as surprising that the women rising to the top these days are different from women leaders of the past, who tended to make it in industries like retail, beauty and consumer packaged-goods. At the end of this year, Phebe Novakovic is due to take charge of another giant defense contractor, General Dynamics ( GD ).
LGBT Equality at the Fortune 500
Among Fortune magazine’s 10 largest publicly-traded companies: eightprohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, sevenprohibit discrimination based on gender identity and eight provide partner health benefits. The top two employers, Exxon Mobil Corp. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc., have traded the No.