I realize I’m a bit behind in my discovery having just read the November 20th Wall Street Journal Report, 50 Women to Watch 2006 – but what is amazing is not the quantity of women heading major corporations (it’s barely changed since last year) – what has changed is that women aren’t just heading “girly” companies any more. Andrea Jung’s achievements are tremendous, but everyone expects Avon to have a woman at the helm. Archer-Daniels-Midland, though? Cadillac? Dupont?
What struck me as I read the list of the 50 Women to Watch 2006 were the varied companies that these gals are heading spanning all indudstries. In case you missed the Report, here’s a sampling of the various companies represented in the report: Archer-Daniels-Midland, Avon, Bank of America, BET, BP, Burberry Group, Cadillac, Coca-Cola, Disney ABC TV, Dupont, Ebay, European Union Commission, Genentech, General Electric, Gucci, Hewlett-Packard, J&J, Kraft Foods, Lenovo Group, Lucent Technologies, McDonald’s Morgan Stanley, Nielsen Media Research, NTT DoCoMo, Pepsico, P&G, Rite Aid, SEC, Unilever, Verizon Communications, Wal-Mart, Western Union, Xerox, Yahoo … that’s not the whole list, but it gives you an idea of the variety of industries represented on the report.
As the Report concludes, these women are “breaking sterotypes about what women can and can’t do well, and opening up new opportunities for women who will follow them.”
Is this the end of the Glass Ceiling for women? Weigh-in and tell me what you think!