By Leslie Albrecht

Women currently hold 5.2% (26) of the CEO positions at companies in the S&P 500, according to data gathered by Catalyst, a nonprofit whose mission is to foster women-friendly workplaces.

Flailing companies may sometimes choose women leaders because they’re desperate for something new — and a female CEO is an outside-the-box choice, Ariane Hegewisch, program director of employment and earnings at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, told MarketWatch recently.

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