Much to-do has been made of the fact that many panels, business boards, advisory committees, venture capitalists, CEOs … the list goes on … are dudes.
And with good reason!
Because the odds are not so hot that you’ll learn about a fantastic, inspirational lady boss today, we’re gonna fix that!
“What I think I sell with my clothes is confidence, so hopefully all my dresses, my accessories, are friends to the women. When you open the closet, and your eyes are swollen, and you don’t like the way you look, you go to your friends.” von Frstenburg to the Wall Street Journal
4. Lizzie Magie
5. Ayah Bdeir
Bdeir is the founder of LittleBits, modular electronics that snap together with magnets. Think: electronic Legos that move. She’s also a major supporter of the open hardware movement, an initiative mainly focused on keeping technological knowledge open to everyone. Bdeir created a product that teaches tech and supports a movement that keeps knowledge flowin’ (and LittleBits has more than 65,000 followers on Facebook, so it’s clearly doing something right). Cool!
“We are hoping … littleBits will make electronics sexy, and when you see how empowering it is, then you will want to learn more, as opposed to thinking its too hard and boring,” she told the online magazine We Make Money Not Art.
“Zipcar believes that you really can do well by doing good. … Most people who own cars do not really need a car full time, especially if they take public transportation to commute to work. Zipcar allows people to live car less without being car free.” Chase to FastCompany.
They raise voices, fill needs, empower, and represent.
Soon there will be a day when all businesspeople, both ladies and dudes, will not be singled out for their gender. And that will be an awesome day.
But until the playing field is a little more even, we’ll be over here cheering for the smaller but mightier team of ladies in business.