When companies begin to disclose CEO-to-worker pay comparisons in 2017, it could demonstrate that women CEOs have more reasonable ratios. But it may more likely be the case that firms with higher proportions of women employees will have more eye-popping numbers.

“I think that’s likely to be true. The way the ratio is calculated, it’s intended to skew and make companies that employ a lot of part-time workers look worse,” Johnson said. “So I would think in some industries — fashion retailing, fast food, some of the big department stores — they employ not only a lot of women, but a lot of part-time women.”

The Street / August 27, 2015