We are living in a woke society! We are living in an era when feminism has taken over. Yeah-yeah, there is a lot of buzz on how women have taken over the western world. And a lot of people seem to buy that, especially when you realize that one of the reasons why men register at some Russian dating website is the belief that Russian women were brought up in strict patriarchal rules. But have women really taken over?
Numbers Explain Everything?
We tend to believe that when you become a head of something that defines your success. Well, the number of businesses led by women is rising in the US. There are around 12 million businesses owned by women in the United States, and the number is still growing. Well, that’s impressive, isn’t it? That surely means that feminism has taken over, right? Well, not exactly, if we check the statistic, we will learn that, according to the US Department of Labor, that while 98% of speech-language pathologists are women, only 36% of lawyers are women; while women comprise 75% of human resources managers, only 27% of chief executives are women. And coming back to that 12 million women-owned business, how many businesses owned by men are there in the US? If we answer this question we will have one dozen million against dozens of millions.
The Attitude Remains
While the numbers can be deceitful, after all, we may choose which numbers we are going to look at, the attitude explains much more. Every time a woman becomes successful we hear “Wow, she did it!”. When a male superstar remains relevant for a few decades, mass media rarely points it out, but when a female superstar has a career spanning 20, 30 or 40 years, it is going to be pointer out, over and over again. So, the attitude shows that the achievements of women are still regarded as something outstanding. Well, we are pointing this out, so equal rights may take over, but they haven’t taken it now, and we still have a long way to go.
The Most Inspiring Female CEOs
Until the equal rights haven’t taken over, and we cannot allow ourselves to put a list of just the most successful CEOs, which will feature men and women equally, we have to look at female CEOs who proved that nothing is impossible. Hopefully, someday we would talk about someone’s success without pointing out their sex. So, let’s have a look at them without any further ado.
Maria Eitel is the CEO of the Nike Foundation, which bridges Nike, Inc craves for innovation with the aim of changing the lives of adolescent girls around the world for better. Eitel aims at preventing early marriages and births for young girls around the world to have an opportunity to choose their own future. Thanks to the Nike Foundation’s work more than 250 million girls around the world have a chance for a better future. Before starting the Nike Foundation, Eitel worked for Microsoft and the White house. After that, she became the first vice president of Nike, Inc.
Jessica O. Matthews
Jessica O. Matthews deserves a separate article, as aside from being one of the most successful female CEOs, she is an actual prodigy. She created her own company – Uncharted Power – being only 22-years-old. The award-winning company aims at creating energy from motion to make a powerful ecosystem for the communities around the world. This idea came to her after her first invention – SOCCKET – a soccer ball that can generate energy. She invented it when she was just 19. She won multiple awards and was featured on Forbes’ list of most successful female entrepreneurs under 30.
We’ve already mentioned online dating, and it time to mention it again. Wolfe worked as a vice president of Tinder but quit after multiple cases of harassment and discrimination. While one can come to the decision that they are done with online dating business after that, the experience actually inspired Wolfe to create a game-changing dating app – Bumble. What’s so special about Bumble? It’s an app where women have to reach out for men, and not otherwise.
If you thought that no one could beat Matthews, you were wrong. Perkins co-founded Canva – an online platform where anyone can create a great design for free – when she was just 19, Now, she’s the CEO of Canva, which is a multi-billion company. Thanks to Canva Melanie Perkins broke the stereotype of learning the basic design, which can take years, and also the stereotype that you have to be male to be a business developer.
“The place of a woman is in the kitchen!”, probably one of the most offensive phrases that men can say nowadays. After years of working as a sex crime prosecutor, Martha Hoover has redefined this statement by building a restaurant empire. It all started with just on Cafe Patachou in Indianapolis, nowadays is Patachou, Inc is a female-led corporation. Hoover is often referred to as the chef you’ve never heard off, which makes no surprise, as nowadays restaurants that show disrespect to their clients and attract CDC officers, while Hoover’s venues are the exact opposite.
If you decide to check the US Department of Labor statistics, you will learn that the percentage of women in STEM is extremely low. After suffering the stigma of a woman trying to have a career in the STEM field, Judy Vredenburgh decided that the change is needed. Since she became the CEO of Girls, Inc she’s constantly breaking social and economic barriers for women trying to obtain a career in science, technology, and engineering.
During her years as a president of the Global & Wealth Investment Management division of Bank of America, Sallie Krawchek got tired of the fact that the investment industry is by and for men. She started seeking a way to change it. As a result, she launched Ellevest – the management platform that customizes portfolios specifically for the needs of women, who are affected by the gender pay gap and the motherhood penalty. Aside from that, Ellevest invests into female-led companies, especially those that challenge social boundaries for women.
It can be extremely uncomfortable for women to wait for her appointment at the hospital to discuss their health problems. Ryder realized that after her first business venture – a small travel company in Singapore – fell flat. That gave her an idea to create the Maven app, which allows women to communicate with healthcare workers via video calls and private messages. The groundbreaking application helped increase women’s satisfaction with healthcare.
With more than 30 years of IBM behind her back, Ginni Rometty, as a CEO managed to successfully transfer the legacy tech company to the digital business. She’s the first woman to hold the CEO position in the history of IBM. She’s the one who managed to move the company to blockchain computing. And thanks to her IBM constantly ranks among the companies that have equal opportunities for men and gender. Rometty herself constantly ranks on the lists of the most powerful women in tech.
No, it’s not a pseudonym of some female entrepreneur, we are talking about you. All of the nine women on our list proved that everything is possible for the woman. This means that you can be the next big success story. You can be the next successful female entrepreneur who’s pushing the boundaries for women in business. Nothing happens without trying. So, if you had some idea you would like to pitch, try pitching it. At least two success stories from our list started that way.