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Private industry has only a handful of powerful women

Global Economy

Women are impacting the global economy as never before, particularly though participation in private industry and science and technology. Private industry has only a handful of powerful women. In 2014 and 2015, only five percent, or 24 of the Fortune 500 largest companies had female CEOs. Yet, this is the most ever. Women are breaking into traditionally male dominated fields such as engineering, defense contracting, and information technology. Profiled below are women who are changing the professional landscape of privately held companies.

Featured Women

Deborah Alderson

Joanna Alexis

Anne Altman

Dr. Alison Courtois

Maureen Baginski

Nada Bakos

Cookie Balcha

Mary Barra

Tina Brown

Donna Bucella

Dawn Cappelli

Joan A. Dempsey

Sheri A. Donahue

Oksana Farber

Tulsi Gabbard

Linda R. Gooden

Diana L. Gowen

Maria Silva Foster

Barbara Fast

Natalie M. Givans

Dawn Halfaker

Marillyn Hewson

Linda Hudson

Heather Issvoran

Tina Jordan

Christine LaGarde

Barbara Linney

Marissa Mayer

Ellen McCarthy

Kiran Shaw

Phebe Novakovic

Ginni Rometty

Sheryl Sandberg

Jean Schultz

Roshni Sherbondy

Jill Tummler Singer

Mary Sturtevant

Kristina Tanasichuk

Mary Jo White

Janet L. Yellen

Suzan F. Zimmerman

Colleen Arnold

Renee J. James

Diane M. Bryant

Ruth M. Porat

Meg Whitman

Ellen Kullman

Susan D. Wojcicki

Safra A. Catz

Lisa Su

CHRISTINA DUFFEY

GAIL M. ESSEN

ANN TRINCA

ALICE DEBIASIO

ALISON WAKEFIELD

COLLEEN REPPLIER

JANA RANKIN

AMY HOOD

MARY ERDOES

LEANNE CARET

MARY T. MACK

BRIDGET VAN KRALINGER

MARGO GEORGIADIS

ANN BARRON-DICAMILLO

JEANETTE HANNA-RUIZ

TARAH WHEELER

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