This week – the 3rd week of October – is National Business Women’s Week. During this time, it’s important that we make an effort to acknowledge the contributions of women to the world of business. Women in the U.S. continue to make amazing strides in business and in many other domains of American life. In business specifically, women continue to move up in the ranks of management, research and development, marketing, and other areas. In part, women’s impressive gains over the last half-century are a function of their educational credentials. Early in the 1980s, women’s college attendance began to outpace that of men. Today the college student population is nearly 60% female. If women continue to succeed academically, there is every reason to think that they will keep moving up in the business world.
In this post, we will look at a few of the women who have worked hard to make their mark on the business world.
#1: Sheryl Sandberg
Ms. Sandberg is currently the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Facebook, a position she has held since 2008. Aside from her business career, Ms. Sandberg is well-known as the author of a popular book, Lean In, a piece that emphasized the necessity of assertiveness for young women hoping to advance in their careers.
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#2: Virginia Rometty
Ms. Rometty, nicknamed “Ginni,” is a business executive who formerly served as CEO of IBM (International Business Machines). At one point, Ms. Rometty simultaneously held the titles of chairman, president, and CEO of IBM. Ms. Rometty stepped down from her role as CEO in April 2020 and then left altogether in December 2020 after a nearly 40-year career at the company.
#3: Carly Fiorina
Another high-powered businesswoman, Carly Fiorina, is the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard (HP), a well-known technology company. Ms. Fiorina attended Stanford University, the University of Maryland, and MIT before beginning her business career as a management trainee with AT&T. From there, Fiorina was involved in several different ventures, including Lucent Technologies, a derivative of AT&T. Eventually, in 1999, she was named the CEO of HP, a role she held until 2005.
#4: Elena Kagan
Elena Kagan is currently an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the U.S. and is the 4th woman to ever be named to America’s highest court. Ms. Kagan graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Law School. Thereafter became a law professor before serving as White House Counsel and later as a policy adviser to President Clinton. While serving on the SCOTUS, she authored several influential opinions. Lastly, she is known to be a very effective communicator and sharp legal thinker.
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