We need role models


Women have the necessary skills to transform the cybersecurity sector for the better.
Women have the necessary skills to transform the cybersecurity sector for the better.

Consider these facts…women make up over 50% of the current workforce, and outnumber males in attaining college degrees. However, only about 26% of STEM positions are held by women, and even worse, only about 11-13% of the workforce in cybersecurity are women.  There are numerous documented reasons for the paucity of females in STEM/IT/Cyber, and there are many suggestions as to how this imbalance can be dealt with.

One of the suggestions is to highlight women that have been successful and use them as role models for those making their way through our learning institutions to emulate.  What follows is a list of female corporate executives that have made it to the top of the ladder, many in the tech industries. Granted, the list isn’t as long as it should be, but it does demonstrate to the up and coming that with perseverance, anything is possible.

Mary BarraGeneral Motors
Meg WhitmanHewlett-Packard
Virginia RomettyIBM
Indra K. NooyiPepsiCo, Inc.
Marillyn HewsonLockheed Martin
Safra A. CatzOracle
Irene B. RosenfeldMondelēz International
Phebe NovakovicGeneral Dynamics
Carol MeyrowitzThe TJX Companies, Inc.
Lynn GoodDuke Energy
Ursula M. BurnsXerox Corporation
Deanna M. MulliganGuardian Life Insurance Company of America
Barbara RentlerRoss Stores
Debra L. ReedSempra Energy
Kimberly LubelCST Brands
Sheri S. McCoyAvon Products Inc.
Susan M. CameronReynolds American
Denise M. MorrisonCampbell Soup
Kathleen MazzarellaGraybar Electric
Ilene GordonIngredion
Lisa SuAdvanced Micro Devices
Jacqueline C. HinmanCH2M Hill

Learn more about Women and Minorities in Cybersecurity at the National Cybersecurity Institute.

List retrieved from the Internet at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_women_CEOs_of_Fortune_500_companies