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Few Fortune 500 companies are run women CEOs. Pictured is Mary Barra, Chairman and CEO of the General Motors Company.
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  • Female Fortune 500 CEOs lead just 25 companies on the list.
  • Women who are Fortune 500 CEOs include Mary Barra of General Motors, Ginni Rometty of IBM, and the newly appointed Beth Ford of Land O'Lakes.
  • The women run a diverse group of companies in a wide range of fields, including technology, energy, and retail.

Women make up 58% of the American workforce, but when it comes to leadership positions at top companies, they are drastically outnumbered.

Only 25 of this year's Fortune 500 companies had women CEOs. The list includes Mary Barra of General Motors, the highest-ranking company with a woman at the helm, and Beth Ford, the newly appointed CEO of Land O'Lakes, who also became the first openly gay woman to lead a Fortune 500 company.

"It concerns me in that we can actually count how many there are, as opposed to saying there are hundreds," PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi, who will step down in October, told Fortune.

The women on the list run a diverse group of companies in a wide range of fields, ranging from technology to retail to banking.

Take a look at the women leading some of the most powerful companies in America:

Mary Barra — General Motors

Mary Barra.
Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

Fortune 500 rank: 10

CEO since: 2014

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Gail Boudreaux — Anthem

Gail Boudreaux.
Anthem

Fortune 500 rank: 29

CEO since: 2017

Ginni Rometty — IBM

Ginni Rometty.
IBM

Fortune 500 rank: 34

CEO since: 2012

Indra Nooyi — PepsiCo

Indra Nooyi.
Manish Swarup/AP

Fortune 500 rank: 45

CEO since: 2006

Indra Nooyi will step down as PepsiCo CEO in October.

Read more about Indra Nooyi »

Marilyn Hewson — Lockheed Martin

Marilyn Hewson.
Fiona Hanson/AP Images for Pratt & Whitney

Fortune 500 rank: 59

CEO since: 2013

Safra Catz — Oracle

Safra Catz.
Oracle

Fortune 500 rank: 82

CEO since: 2014

Phebe Novakovic — General Dynamics

Phebe Novakovic.
Ron Sachs/Getty Images

Fortune 500 rank: 99

CEO since: 2013

Tricia Griffith — Progressive Corporation

Tricia Griffith.
Progressive

Fortune 500 rank: 112

CEO since: 2016

Lynn Good — Duke Energy

Lynn Good.
Courtesy of Duke Energy

Fortune 500 rank: 125

CEO since: 2013

Michelle Gass — Kohl's

Michelle Gass.
Joshua Lott/Reuters

Fortune 500 rank: 157

CEO since: 2018

Geisha Williams — Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Geisha Williams.
Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Fortune

Fortune 500 rank: 168

CEO since: 2017

Margaret Keane — Synchrony Financial

Margaret Keane.
YouTube/Fortune

Fortune 500 rank: 173

CEO since: 2014

Barbara Rentler — Ross Stores

A photo of Barbara Rentler is unavailable.
David McNew/Getty Images

Fortune 500 rank: 209

CEO since: 2014

Beth Ford — Land O'Lakes

Beth Ford.
Land O'Lakes

Fortune 500 rank: 216

CEO since: 2018

Read more about Beth Ford here »

Vicki Hollub — Occidental Petroleum

Vicki Hollub.
YouTube/Fortune

Fortune 500 rank: 220

CEO since: 2016

Anna Manning — Reinsurance Group of America

Anna Manning.
Reinsurance Group of America

Fortune 500 rank: 234

CEO since: 2017

Deanna Mulligan — Guardian Life Insurance Company of America

Deanna Mulligan.
Guardian Life

Fortune 500 rank: 239

CEO since: 2011

Kathryn Marinello — Hertz Global Holdings

Kathryn Marinello.
Twitter/Hertz

Fortune 500 rank: 335

CEO since: 2017

Mary Laschinger — Veritiv

Mary Laschinger.
Twitter/University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Fortune 500 rank: 346

CEO since: 2014

Michele Buck — Hershey

Michele Buck.
CNN/Youtube

Fortune 500 rank: 379

CEO since: 2017

Joey Wat — Yum China Holdings

Joey Wat.
Yum China Holdings

Fortune 500 rank: 397

CEO since: 2018

Beth Mooney — KeyCorp

Beth Mooney.
YouTube/CNBC

Fortune 500 rank: 412

CEO since: 2011

Patti Poppe — CMS Energy

Patti Poppe.
YouTube/Purdue Industrial Engineering

Fortune 500 rank: 429

CEO since: 2016

Kathleen Mazzarella — Graybar Electric

Kathleen Mazzarella.
YouTube/NAED Events

Fortune 500 rank: 426

CEO since: 2013

Mary Dillon — Ulta Beauty

Mary Dillon.
Jean-Marc Giboux/AP Images for Ulta Beauty

Fortune 500 rank: 471

CEO since: 2014