Is this graph about female executives accurate?

Graphic about salary differences between men and women

Women in executive positions earn 18% less than the average male executive.

This is why:

  • 70% Allocative hiring: only 3.7% of all CEOs and 2.3% of all executive chairmen positions are female.
  • 22% Smaller companies: companies that women worked for are worth 10% less than the typical company.
  • 7% Age difference: men in executive positions were both about five years older and had five years more experience working than females.
  • 1% (Unknown)

You're welcome

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The claims seem to be

  • Women earn 18% less than men on average, both in executive positions.
  • Only 3.7% of CEOs are women.
  • Only 2.3% of executive chairs are women.
  • That companies for which female executives worked are worth 10% less than all companies. Bases unspecified (is a company with two female executives counted twice).
  • That the average male executive is about five years older than the average female executive.
  • And with five years more work experience.
  • That the statistics about the age difference, company size, and allocative hiring explain 99% of the pay difference. Method unspecified--possibly linear regression.

closed as too broad by Oddthinking Jun 28 '17 at 0:39

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    The graphic is about female executives but you were asking about female CEOs. I'm guessing that you thought that all executives were CEOs, so when I edited the question, I went that way. If you actually meant to ask just "Are only 3.7% of CEOs women?" please change the title and replace the section starting "The claims seem to be" with "Is it true that only 3.7% of CEOs are women?" Or similar. – Brythan Feb 27 '17 at 18:37
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    Where? Worldwide? – gerrit Feb 27 '17 at 19:39
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    Even if the stats are true, I fail to see how there being so few female executives relates to their pay. – fredsbend Feb 27 '17 at 19:41
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    @gerrit A hair bun, probably. – fredsbend Feb 27 '17 at 19:42
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    This is too broad (and the title a mess). Can we pick one of these claims please, so it is answerable? – Oddthinking Feb 28 '17 at 14:25

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