The third week of October, we carve pumpkins, we see leaves change colors, and, of course, we celebrate National Business Women’s Week (NBWW).
In 1928, Emma Dot Partridge, then-Executive Secretary of the National Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, organized the first annual NBWW. The 1928 event’s goal was to focus public attention on ‘better business women for a better business world.’ Today, U.S. Americans celebrate National Business Women’s Week to honor the vast contributions of women in business, writes Sharon Schweitzer for the Huffington Post.
In 2017, we have plenty to celebrate. More women are breaking the glass ceiling, aiming directly for fiercely competitive executive positions. According to the National Association of Women Business Owners, more than 9.1 million firms in the U.S. are owned by women. Women are narrowing the gender pay gap, and in 2016, women’s share of global wealth grew faster than men’s. Across the globe, women continue to make major impacts on business.
For business people of all genders, having a career role model can be beneficial. Excellent female role models can be found on Fortune’s annual list of the Most Powerful Women in Business. Meet Fortune Magazine’s 3 most powerful business women of 2017:
Mary Barra, Chairman and CEO of General Motors
Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of Pepsico
Marillyn Hewson, Chairman, President, and CEO of Lockheed Martin
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