Women leaders in men-dominating fields

Marissa Mayer: Yahoo! CEO

It is no secret that women have to struggle way more than men in most professions to get the same recognition and wage. A study conducted this year by Catalyst Research revealed that currently only 5% of CEO positions in Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 companies are taken by women. A trend that has been there for centuries, it has prevented many capable and talented women from receiving their due.


Some however, have broken barriers and are paving the way for women all over the world. These are a few women who have managed to enter and lead in professions that were always seen as a man’s territory.



The first woman to chair the Federal Reserve in a 100 years, she is currently responsible for the US economy’s overall performance. Previously the President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Fed, she holds a Ph.D from Yale.



The CEO of Yahoo! Inc., was one of the first few employees hired by Google and is responsible for the developments of features like Google Maps, Google Street View and Gmail. When she joined Yahoo!, the company was not in a good shape but under her leadership, it managed to double its stock prices in the first year itself.


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Sandberg is currently the COO of Facebook, and the author of bestselling books- “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead” and “Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders.” She takes strong stands on women leadership and has said, “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.”



Lagarde was the first woman to become the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund. This made her a part of the team that helped mitigate the European dept crisis. Apart from this, she was also the first woman to chair the international law firm, Baker & McKenzie and become the first woman finance minister of a G-8 economy.