We live in a world where most people can tell you exactly what the Kardashians are up to, but are not aware of some of the most inspirational and powerful women in business. Like it or not the business world is dominated by males, especially when it comes to highly regarded power positions. However, little by little that is changing. There are some fabulous women breaking the glass ceiling and paving the way for all of us future CEO's and boss ladies.
Here are 3 women to provide us all with a little career inspiration:
Janet is the first female chair of the Federal Reserve in its 100 year history! Before this she also held very prominent roles in traditionally male dominated industries. She was one of seven member on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. She became the chair of the Council of Economic Advisors, advising the president on domestic and international economic policies. Then she became the chair of the Economic Poily Committee of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. That is a pretty impressive resume! Decisions Janet will make about U.S. monetary policy in her position now will affect the interest rates consumers pay, the returns investors earn, the unemployment rate, and the economy’s overall performance. Janet is the definition of a boss.
Sheryl Sandberg is self-made billionaire who has been the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook since 2008. Her influence is simply undeniable! She is also the author of the bestselling book “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead.” Her book and the 2010 TED talk she delivered, “Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders” has inspired women to come together and support each other in achieving their goals.
She is known for saying, "I want every little girl who someone says 'they're bossy' to be told instead, 'you have leadership skills' because I was told that and because every woman I know who's in a leadership position was told that."
We say, hats off to you Sheryl! Let's all support each other and be bad bossy ladies!
Marissa Mayer has achieved a prominent position in business despite being coming from a shy engineering background. She is best known as the CEO of Yahoo! ever since 2012, putting her in the rare position of being a female CEO of a Fortune 500 company. Women hold less than 5% of CEO positions in both Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 companies, for a total of just 46 women CEOs out of 1,000 companies. Before her continued success at Yahoo! , Mayer took a chance on a startup. She was Google's 20th employee when she joined the company in 1999 after earning a master’s in computer science and artificial intelligence at Stanford. She was very important to the initial success of Google. When Mayer took charge of Yahoo! at only 37, the company was suffering, but in her first year the stock price doubled!! Marissa has led a very impressive career life. She is an inspiration to women to rise to the top!
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