The Most Influential Women In Business

Influential women in business

Today marks International Women’s Day, a day that is recognised globally and celebrates the social, economic, political and cultural achievements of women both today and historically. Alongside this, it aims to call for gender parity.

Although many people might think that this day is something new, it has actually been celebrated since the early 1900s. During this time, the population of the world expanded drastically and there were periods of both expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world, including two world wars.

It was also during this time that many women’s suffrage movements began to make an impact, including the United Kingdom’s women suffrage movement that is celebrating 100 years since the Representation of the People Act which expanded voting rights to certain demographics of women over 30 and all men over 21.

In the past century, women have become an important part of business with 41% of the UK workforce being estimated to be women. Despite this, there are still many issues that women face today including being represented at the highest levels of business.

To celebrate International Women’s Day though, we have taken a look at some of the influential women in business that can be inspiration for women across the world hoping to get involved.

Influential Women In Business

Indra Nooyi

The Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo, which makes products including Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Cheetos and much more, is consistently listed as one of the most important and influential women in the business world.

With shifts in the consumer world towards healthier items, and in some cases governments directly getting involved such as the United Kingdom’s sugar tax, she has led the company to diversify its portfolio by introducing healthier items.

Sheryl Sandberg

Facebook is consistently known as one of the most influential companies in Silicon Valley and one of the most important figures behind the scenes is Sheryl Sandberg. The Chief Operations Officer of the company has not only taken an crucial role in the social media giant, but has also been open about her experiences with being a working woman while contending with the grief of losing her husband.

She is also outspoken in supporting women entering both business and the technology world, with a recent news article outlining how she wants to see women running half the countries and corporations in the world.

Ginni Rometty

IBM has been a force in the world of computing for decades and Ginni Rometty has been involved in IBM since 1981. Working her way up the career ladder has meant that she is now the Chairman, President and CEO of IBM.

Re-inventing itself to modern technologies, IBM has begun to become involved in businesses such as cloud computing, analytics, security and more.

Kathleen Kennedy

When considering some of the most popular film franchises in the world, it would be hard to ignore the incredibly beloved Star Wars franchise. Originally released in 1977, it has spawned 8 films in the main franchise along with two spin offs, including 3 in the past 3 years that have topped the highest grossing film of each year, and countless video games, books, comics, toys and cartoon shows.

Part of the recent resurgence in the fortune of Star Wars can be laid at the feet of Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm which is responsible for the Star Wars and Indiana Jones films. As a producer, Kathleen Kennedy has been nominated for an Academy Award eight times and she has been involved in over 60 films which when collectively totalled have 120 Academy Award nominations and 25 wins.


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