Female Executives Increase Likelihood of Venture-Backed Company Success

Companies that employ female executives are more likely to succeed than company’s with all males at the helm, according to a new study by Dow Jones.

The report, “Women at the Wheel,” does not get into what specifically the women do to increase success. It also did not look at all-female companies.

Success is defined as having a greater chance to go public, operating profitably, or being sold at a profit when women have a role in the founding, operation, or managing roles.

Successful companies had a 7.1 percent median proportion of female executives to the 3.1 percent of unsuccessful companies.  

The report followed 20,194 U.S.-based companies in the Dow Jones VentureSource database that either received funding or existed between 1997 and 2011. Of the 167,556 executives involved, about 7 percent were female.

To read more about the report, please go to the Wall Street Journal’s blog by clicking here.


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