Five Women Who Are Leading In Male-Dominated Fields

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A 2014 study of women in finance by Catalyst Research found that women held less than 5% of CEO positions in both Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 companies, for a total of just 46 women CEOs out of 1,000 companies. Catalyst also reports that just 11.4% of Fortune 500 companies have female chief financial officers (CFOs).

Clearly, any woman who tries to rise to the top in a field traditionally dominated by men still faces extra scrutiny. However, women today who want to achieve prominent positions in business and politics face lower barriers than ever thanks to the groundbreaking work of women leaders who have gone before them. These five prominent female leaders are each trailblazers in a traditionally male-dominated field: central banking, technology, international politics and high finance. Throughout their careers, these women have proven that hardworking, determined, intelligent and thick-skinned women who can withstand the extra analysis and critique of their work can rise to the top — and they can even do it while having a family. Each has earned widespread respect not just for her accomplishments as a woman, but for her accomplishments, period.

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