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Report: Apple has no women at the top

updated 06:25 pm EDT, Wed October 17, 2007

Few women execs at Apple

Apple is among many of the largest public companies headquartered in California cited for having very few women in top executive roles by a study conducted at UC Davis. The study found that 122 of the 400 surveyed companies -- 30.5 percent -- listed no women executives or board members in their annual reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission. According to the study, overall, women held only 10.4 percent of board seats and executive positions. Top executives are defined as those listed as members of the companies' executive teams in their SEC filings: the CEO or president, chief financial officer, chief information officer and chief operating officer, etc. [Via Science Daily]




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  1. rjwill246

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Excellent news

    The paucity of women means nothing. Apple's team is great-- adding women in upper positions would make it better?? Hardly, unless you insist on being PC and thus deplorably demented, taking fluff over substance because that risks changing the currently successful formula just for the sake of change.

    I much prefer that the working model stays intact.

  1. numero

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    So what

    Does having women or not having women matter? How about measuring the qualifications of the people.

    Two additional comments:

    1) They used to have one, but you have to ask the SEC how she's doing.

    2) Have you been to any tech gathering? I'm specifically thinking about WWDC, but there are other examples. This is the only large gathering I have ever been to where the women's restroom had no line and the men's had a line around the corner. There are not that many women in tech so there aren't that many to pick from for leadership positions. Before I get some line about, "Any good business woman . . ." I'll have you think about John Sculley. A tech company should have someone with a tech background. There just aren't that many candidates to pick from.

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    here we go...

    ... Let's wait for testudo to start the usual whining...

    Agree with above poster, there's nothing wrong with the existing, successful, model - and let's face it, without sounding stereotypical, Apple is a tech/gadget company. Women may be attracted to their products, but not many design, market, or envision them.

    Also, this observation was about large CA companies in gwneal, not just about Apple, as macnn implies. I'd be interested in comparisons between companies who do and who don't have women in top positions, and what difference it makes. My guess - no difference at all.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Don't care at all

    Women get well over half of college degree's and men have been dehumanized for so many years...they are targetted from the time they are children, that the situation only gets worse and worse. The feminist response? They say, so what. They say, hey its only a problem when some rare thing favors men, but when it favors women, WELL NOW, we cannot get upset about that...

    So I say...SO WHAT. UC Davis, why don't you do something productive with your time.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    p.s. UC Davis

    Why doesn't UC Davis do a study about how many men win custody of their children.

    There is a target for affirmative action, if ever there was one.

  1. Mr. Strat

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Who Gives A s***?

    What the h*** difference does it make that Apple has no female execs? Why don't you do-good politically correct liberals go poke your noses in somewhere else that it doesn't belong?

  1. JackWebb

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Freedom is wrong?

    Someone at UC Davis is apparently drawing attention to this to point out something they think is wrong which isn't necessarily wrong.

    It's not much unlike looking at a board of execs and deciding that people not losing their hair are underrepresented or people with brown eyes are underrepresented, or whatever else you can come up with that you define as being unequal.

    As others have pointed out. Isn't it possible that less women are interested in the particular things of certain companies and therefore haven't pursued the cooperate ladder in these particular companies?

  1. JackWebb

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    I hate typos

    Too much wine & not enough coffee tonight. "cooperate" should have been "corporate".

  1. asus389

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    article wrong

    I am pretty sure the article isn't even correct. If you look at:

    http://www.apple.com/pr/contacts/

    The VP listed at the top of the page sounds like a woman. That's at least one...

  1. asus389

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    hmm

    Oh I guess they are only counting CEO, CFO, CIO, and COO.. oh well, I guess they are right.

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