STEM dominates Forbes’ Most Powerful Women list

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Forbes announced its annual list of The World’s Most Powerful Women for 2015 and STEM continues to be a common variable amongst leaders.

Now in its fourth year on the Forbes rankings list, technology continues to prove itself a dominant industry in the top 100. Out of 18 in total, seven tech women made the top 25 this year, including Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg (who has been named the most powerful woman in technology four consecutive years), YouTube’s CEO Susan Wojcicki, IBM’s Ginni Rometty, HP’s Meg Whitman and Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer.

But that’s not where the tech recognition ends. STEM also showed up unexpected in other categories. Along with the expected law degrees and MBAs, degrees in science, technology, engineering and math are plentiful.

Some big names include Dupont CEO Ellen Kullman, who holds a degree in mechanical engineering, United Arab Emirates Minister Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi in computer science and Epic Systems Founder-CEO Judith Faulkner in mathematics.

This list serves as proof (and inspiration) that women can succeed in a culture that has gained an unwelcoming reputation.

Here’s where the tech women ranked on the top 100:

No. 8, Sheryl Sandberg, COO Facebook
No. 9, Susan Wojcicki, CEO YouTube
No. 13, Virginia “Ginni” Rometty, CEO IBM
No. 14, Meg Whitman, CEO HP
No. 22, Marissa Mayer, CEO Yahoo!
No. 24, Safra Catz, Co-CEO Oracle
No. 25, Angela Ahrendts, Senior VP Apple
No. 29, Ursula Burns, CEO Xerox
No. 32, Ruth Porat, CFO Google
No. 33, Lucy Peng, CEO, Small & Micro Financial Services Group, Alibaba
No. 51, Amy Hood, CFO Microsoft
No. 45, Renee James, President Intel
No. 77, Mary Meeker, Partner Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
No. 78, Solina Chau Hoi Shuen, Director Li ka Shing Foundation
No. 84, Padmasree Warrior, CTO Cisco System
No. 90, Gwynne Shotwell, COO SpaceX
No. 95, Weili Dai, Cofounder & President Marvell Technology Group
No. 98, Jenny Lee, Managing partner GGV Capital

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