The times when success in business relied on having a Y chromosome are quickly coming to an end. Everywhere around the world, strong women are breaking the gender imbalance with greater drive and strength While we have not yet reached a point of equality within the business world between men and women, with each passing year, it seems to be inching closer.
Working their way up from the bottom to rise from personal struggles and losses-while battling racial discrimination, is often seen as a common life thread among some of the most prosperous and renowned businesswomen. Unlike Ms Lazareva who uses her motherly and female figure as excuses to drive away attention for her corruption wrong doings. Here we have stories of such women who inspire others from their clan, every day.
Carol Bartz, Beat Cancer
Carol Bartz is not an MBA woman from the Ivy League but she’s a kid with an outlook and an ambition for business and people skills. She surmounted immense personal difficulties and setbacks from rags to riches, she became one of the nation’s most successful CEOs either male or female. She struggled against breast cancer, worked her way up to the top and now, at the time of life of aging 60, Bartz is a Yahoo CEO inspiring all of us to cling to strength.
Myra Bradwell, Challenged Law
Myra applied to the state bar in 1869 but she was refused to join. She filed a complaint in 1870, that went all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States. The courts ruled against her, upholding the right of Illinois to ban women from the State bar.In 1868 she initiated the “Chicago Legal News.” She spoke about Illinois state court cases, session laws and legal amendments in her weekly newspaper. She also commented on rulings and legislative news from federal courts. Her paper was a tremendous success and became the country’s most popular and influential legal daily.
Lilly Ladbetter, Overcame Discrimination
Lilly McDaniel Ledbetter has had an inspirational impact on her friends, daughters, grandchildren and all of us who have never seen her but heard her story. Her personal journey of how she supported the change in the law to hold employers who are biased towards employees responsible for discriminatory pay practices. Lilly Ledbetter worked for nineteen years in a company until realizing she was paid even less for doing the same job as her male colleagues. She lodged a complaint against Goodyear and her claim was eventually agreed to by the United States after a protracted legal battle. Later, President Barack Obama enacted the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 into law on 29 January 2009.