Women’s Equality Day is a commemoration of the 19th Amendment, which granted universal suffrage rights to women in America. The bill took a total of 72 years to pass into legislation and since 1971, each president has published a proclamation for Women’s Equality Day after the idea was introduced by Bella Abzug, social activist and Women’s Right’s Movement leader. As a woman owned business, we thought it would we would celebrate this historic day by taking a moment to reflect upon great women leaders in our generation. The following five women have all made impressive strides for women and are great role models for the women of our generation.
Sheryl Sandberg – Facebook
Previously the Vice President of Online Sales and Operations at Google, Sandberg currently reigns as the COO of Facebook, a position that she has held since 2008. Sandberg’s impressive resume also includes serving as the United States Department of Treasury’s Chief of Staff under Bill Clinton’s term.
Marissa Mayer – Yahoo
Longtime executive and key spokesperson for Google, Mayer is now the president and CEO of Yahoo!. At age 37, Marissa is the youngest CEO of a Fortune 500 company.
Indra K. Nooyi – PepsiCo
This Indian-American businesswoman is the CEO and executive chairman of the second largest food and beverage business in the world when ranked by net revenue. She has directed the company’s global strategy for over a decade and has helped the 44-year-old company grow net revenues by 72 percent.
Jill Abramson –New York Times Co.
Ranked Number 5 on the FORBES list of 100 Most Powerful women, Abramson is the Executive Editor of the daily paper that was founded over 160 years ago. The website is the most popular American online newspaper.
Michelle Obama – First Lady of the United States
Michelle actually enjoys a more positive approval rating than her husband this election year. Her goals while serving in this position are to end childhood obesity, as well as encourage support for military families.
If you’re interested in learning more about women-owned businesses, women entrepreneurs or women in power, you can check out the FORBES list of the 100 Most Powerful Women or the American Express’ OPEN Forum on Women in Business.