Although many fields are still considered male-dominated, like technology, construction, and sports, women are still moving up the ranks and making their presence known in these industries. They’re making names for themselves, and if you haven’t heard of them yet, you will soon. Here are a few more powerful ladies that everyone should know:


Self-Made CEO

Safra Catz wears a number of hats, and has done so throughout her career. Currently, Catz is the Chief Executive Officer of Oracle Corporation, one of the leading companies in cloud computing software, where she also resides as a member of their Board of Directors. Catz comes with an impressive resume: she served as Oracle’s President and Chief Financial Officer before assuming her position as CEO. She rose up the ranks, starting out as a Senior Vice President for the company in April 1999, almost twenty years ago.


While she tirelessly worked to climb the corporate ladder, Catz also managed to find the time to serve on the Board of Directors at HSBC Holdings for seven years, and now sits as one of the directors at The Walt Disney Company. Safra Catz makes every moment count and remains as eager as always for whatever new challenges await her.


The “First Foot Soldier of the Year”

Angelica Ross, president of Miss Ross, Inc. and founder of TransTech Social Enterprises, is at the forefront of the movement for trans and racial equality. As a transgender woman of color, Angelica Ross dedicates her life to helping people in marginalized communities “lift themselves out of poverty” by providing them with necessary technical training. She’s had the opportunity to share her mission with leaders in the business and education communities, and even with the President of the United States.


Each day, Miss Ross seeks to educate leaders on creating positive organizational changes that open up opportunities for trans people and people of color to truly thrive.


Shaping the World from the Playground Onwards

Hopscotch, an app that teaches kids ages eight through twelve how to code, is the brainchild of Samantha John and her co-founder, Jocelyn Leavitt. In their first week alone of releasing the app, Hopscotch was downloaded twenty thousand times, and that was more than five years ago.


John is grateful for the opportunity to do her part in shaping the future and empowering children and their capabilities by teaching them how to code. As an educator and developer, Samantha John does not take this duty lightly – these children will one day be leaders themselves, after all.



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