A Toast to Women’s History Month

Posted by on March 8, 2010 in Business News [ 0 Comments ]

In case there are those who aren’t aware, March celebrates Women’s History Month. This is an achievement, since some time ago in American history, the pure thought of women governing multi-millionaire dollar companies would be considered humorous.

Expected to stay at home, prepare the meals and tend to their children, nowadays, it’s not  out of character for women to be successful entrepreneurs of Fortune 500 companies. Here are just a few mentionable female figures leading businesses as executives and CEOs.

  • Mary Kay Ash, Founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics
  • Meg Whitman, Former President & CEO of eBay Technologies
  • Andrea Jung, President & CEO of Avon Products
  • Anne Mulcahy, Chairman and CEO of Xerox Corporation
  • Brenda Barnes, CEO of Sara Lee
  • Cathleen Black, President of Hearst Magazine Division

I’m going to take a minute to expand on Cathleen Black, as she is one the most notable figures in the publication world. Her company, Hearst Magazine Corporation, is the world’s largest publisher of monthly magazines, including Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Good Housekeeping and Harper’s Bazaar.

According to Crain’s New York Business, “No one in New York embodies the magazine business like Cathleen Black. Black has brought a string of successes for Hearst, which includes the birth of O, The Oprah Magazine, a magazine launch that was so hot it inspired other celebrity titles.”

In the late seventies, Black made her first stunning debut when she became the first woman publisher of a weekly periodical. In 1983, Black gained control over the USA Today newspaper and her victorious efforts helped spread the paper’s circulation to 1.8 million.

In 1995, Black took the position at Hearst Corporation and ever since, has taken the reins helping revamp several admired magazine labels.

All things considered, now more than ever, women are making great strides to attain their desired high ranks in the business world. The women mentioned above were able to become successful because they put their minds to their goals and used their proven abilities to take their business to extraordinary means.

So to all the ladies out there, go take action and become that entrepreneur or business exec that you always wanted to be!

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