Who hasn’t heard the urban legend that women must choose between family and career? 80% of women in the US have children, and 80% of current Fortune 500 female CEOs also have children.

By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

Where equality is nonexistent is in the salaries of women who climb the corporate ladder: the female CEO makes 33 cents to every dollar the male CEO makes. For example, the highest earning male CEO in the Fortune 500 earned $137.2 million in 2011, while the highest earning woman CEO in the Fortune 500 earned $19.2 million in 2011.

Nonetheless, the number of women CEOs is on the rise, including newcomer Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer.

Here are some interesting statistics on women that lead as CEOs – some myths and messages:

Infographic credit: Motif Investing.

Angie Chang is Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of Women 2.0, a media company offering content, community and conferences for aspiring and current women innovators in technology. Our mission is to increase the number of female founders of technology startups with inspiration, information and education through our platform. Previously, Angie held roles in product management and web UI design. Angie holds a B.A. in English and Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. Follow her on Twitter at @thisgirlangie.

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