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Women in Science: Innovative Girl Power Impacts U.S. Workforce – You Can Too!

2011 March 18

By Barbara Bennett

For Women’s History Month, I’d like to celebrate the importance of women in the work force.  In 2009, women accounted for 51 percent of all people employed in management, professional, and related occupations.  In 2007, there were 7.8 million women-owned businesses with receipts totaling $1.2 trillion. Over 140,000 of those businesses had revenues of $1 million or more and over 7,600 had 100 or more employees.  Talk about Girl Power!

We still have progress to make.  Only 3 percent of the 2010 Fortune 500 companies have women CEOs and women make up only 16 percent of the current 112th U.S. Congress.  Yet I think it’s important for us to remember that our career is as much a journey as it is a destination.

During my years in private industry, I didn’t anticipate a future career at EPA.  I realize, however, that the intersection of environmental research, green infrastructure and private markets for technological innovation are all initiatives that draw strength from both private and public sectors; neither one should be doing it alone when leveraging each other’s strengths works to the benefit of all. I am proud to be here as EPA’s Chief Financial Officer and I have found many opportunities speak to private industry about “green” investment.

No matter what career path you have chosen or are considering, I encourage you to bridge the gaps, connect the dots, and reach out to your peers in old or new career paths in search of new knowledge, or existing knowledge that can be applied in new ways.  Go ahead, take a chance, try a new idea….women scientists, and women in all fields, are in such a great position today to pursue new innovations for the benefit of society and the economy.

About the author: Barbara Bennett is the Chief Financial Officer for EPA. Prior to joining the Agency, she served as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Discovery Communications, Inc.

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11 Responses leave one →
  1. Alexander permalink
    March 18, 2011

    America is a good country. Women are too. When shall be woman by the President?

  2. Joaquim Trindade Silva permalink
    March 18, 2011

    Parabéns a todas as mulheres dos EU. mas, infelizmente não é em todo o Mundo . Mas também compreendo que a luta pela liberdade da mulher deve-se a todas as mulheres corajosas dos EU.

  3. Tarot permalink
    March 19, 2011

    Las mujeres de USA deberían tener muchos más privilegios de los que realmente tienen. ¿Sabian que USA es una de las pocas naciones que aún no ha tenido una mujer presidente? Piénsenlo Tarot

  4. Dr. Mary Wariner permalink
    March 19, 2011

    Thanks Barbara, I didnt realize that women accounted for 51% of management related fields. You’re right though, there does need to be some improvement though if only 3% are CEO’s. Also, kudos to you and your career path into the “green” investment of our nation.

  5. tomy permalink
    March 21, 2011

    I think you’ll receive pretty interesting responses, this article will be very beneficial to many people in more than one ways. Thanks for posting!..

  6. insaat permalink
    March 21, 2011

    Very usefull and good article for me

  7. Cyndi permalink
    March 21, 2011

    Thank you, I really enjoyed this article! The statistics presented reminds us that although progress has been made, we must continue to close the gap. I admire your hard-work and insight. If you have any video content pertaining to women I think Women Entertainment Web TV would be perfect for it. Let’s keep fighting for equality in all aspects.

  8. Kaan permalink
    March 28, 2011

    Very usefull and good article for me Parça Kontör

  9. Esperanza Gracia permalink
    June 17, 2011

    Awesome article, Barbara. It´s all about connecting the dots.


  10. Anonymous permalink
    March 19, 2013

    Hello very excellent post! Excellent high-quality information.

  11. herry permalink
    March 19, 2013

    Thanks for this useful post! Impressive blog.

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