Eileen Carey, a female CEO working in Silicon Valley, confessed she dyed her naturally blonde hair brown to be taken more seriously by her colleagues.
Carey told the BBC that she was advised to change her appearance by another woman in venture capital who told her to go from blonde to brunette as it would mean she’d be less likely to be hit on and more likely to move up the professional ladder.
We’re all for women doing whatever makes them feel comfortable, so dying your hair should be a choice, not something necessary to get ahead as proven by these hugely successful blonde women featured on Forbes list of the most powerful women in the world.
Gwynne Shotwell is the COO and President of Space X, a US corporation providing space transportation to the government – as well as commercial customers.
Susan Wojcicki is the CEO of YouTube, which is now worth an estimated $90 billion. She was named among Forbes most powerful women at number 8.
As tech leader who also happens to be a woman, I am frustrated by continued stories of gender discrimination in our field.
Meg Whitman is the CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise and is best known for taking eBay from $5.7millin to $8 billion in sales as their CEO from 1998-2008.
Ginni Rometty is the CEO, chairman and president at IMB, an enterprise she has been with for 35 years. She is 11th on Forbes most powerful women list.
Angela Ahrendts is the senior vice president of retail and online stores at Apple Inc., having been recruited from Burberry as the fashion house’s previous CEO. Ahrendts is credited for saving Burberry from total collapse during her time at its helm.
Marissa Mayer was the president and CEO at Yahoo! Inc. until mid June 2017. She also spent 13 years at Google, where she is believed to have made most of her fortune as one of its first employees.
The former presidential candidate is tour de force in politics, being the first and only former First Lady to run for public office. She was also the first woman to be elected senator for New York and the first female democratic nominee for US president. She ranked number two on the list of Forbes’ most powerful women.
Mary Barra is the CEO and chairman of General Motors having been with the company for 36 years. She ranked as number six on the list of Forbes’ most powerful women.
Frederica Mogherini is the foreign minister who works on behalf of 5 million people as the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign affairs and Security Policy. That’s quite a title – and responsibility.