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Mirroring Trend, Texas Women Face Tough Road to Top Business Roles – Dallas News

WASHINGTON — A woman is mayor of Texas’ largest city, and two others are deans of two of its top law schools. Women have led the University of North Texas, been mayors of Dallas and Fort Worth, served in the U.S. Senate and been governor.

But the 52 Fortune 500 companies with headquarters in Texas? Every one is led by a man.

“We are behind. That’s just a fact,” said Elissa Sangster, executive director of the Forte Foundation, an Austin-based consortium of leading companies and business schools that seeks to put more women in top-tier business careers. “If you look at who are the CEOs and senior leaders at our Fortune 500 companies, we are lagging.”

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