In celebration of Women’s History Month, Winslow Technology Group (WTG) would like to highlight the contributions of multiple trail-blazing women with a history of leading the way for others to follow.
Women’s History Month started in Santa Rosa, California as a local celebration. In 1980, President Carter signed the Presidential Proclamation dedicating the week of March 8th as National Women’s History Week. In 1987 Congress passed a law designating March as Women’s History Month and continued to pass resolutions requesting the President to proclaim March as Women’s History Month. Every President since 1995 has issued annual proclamations designating the month of March as Women’s History Month. (https://www.womenshistory.org/womens-history/womens-history-month)
Women have been breaking boundaries and glass ceilings for centuries. We want to bring awareness to women who were ‘the first’ in being leaders in various industries. These are a few of their accomplishments that celebrate the amazing women who are changing the game for women everywhere.
- Ursula Burns became the first African-American woman to lead an S&P 500 company in 2010 when she became the CEO of Xerox. After leaving Xerox she was named chairwoman of VEON. In addition to her role there, she is a founding member of Change the Equation, a CEO-led non-profit focused on STEM education. More Here
- Virginia Rometty became the first woman to lead IBM after 30 years with the company. After eight years as the CEO, she decided to leave the company in 2012 and is currently the co-chair of OneTen, an organization focused on hiring and promoting Black Americans into jobs with career advancement opportunities. More here
- Abigail Johnson is the first and only woman to serve on the Board of Financial Services Forum, an economic policy and advocacy organization comprised of the CEOs of financial institutions. She is currently the CEO of Fidelity Investments and is committed to getting more women involved in investing. More here
- Anna Bissell became the first-ever female CEO in 1889 after taking control of Bissell Company. She was a progressive executive putting in place numerous benefits for her employees and she was an active philanthropist in her city. More here
- Cathy Hughes is the first African American woman to lead a publicly-traded company. Urban One is the largest African American-owned and operated broadcast company in the nation. She has earned numerous awards and is well known for her philanthropic work with minority communities. More here
- Beth Ford is the first publicly gay woman to lead a Fortune 500 Company. She is the President and CEO of Land O’Lakes and an advocate for farmers and rural America. In 2020 she was the winner of the Yahoo Finance/Involve OUTstanding Top 100 Role Model LGBT+ Executives and leads the Land O’Lakes Executive Diversity and Inclusion Council. More here
Our goal is to celebrate the achievements of all women, past, and present. We #ChooseToChallenge gender inequality because together we can help create an inclusive world.
Winslow Technology Group (WTG) has made the commitment and strategic priority to develop a culture of diversity, inclusion, and zero-tolerance for discrimination; we seek to identify and eliminate bias. WTG actively pursues individuals and organizations who share and represent these important values.