Fortune has named the 50 most powerful women in business and they are incredibly inspiring

From tech CEOs to big time beauty names, these are the business women to look up to this year

You would be forgiven for thinking that 2017 has been a bleak year for women in business, with sad revelations about the realities of the gender pay gap and sexual harassment emerging each week.

Thankfully there’s some good news – for the 20th year running Fortune has released their 2017 list, ranking the 50 most powerful businesswomen – and just looking at the list is getting us empowered.

From the CEOs of Pepsi and Facebook to the COO of Facebook and the President of Hershey, these influential women cover all spectrums, with Reese Witherspoon just falling short of a mention, ranking 51st for the launch of her Emmy award winning production company, Pacific Standard, and her lifestyle brand, Draper James.

These 50 women prove that when it comes to business, women are right there at the forefront, so if you’re feeling disempowered, give this a read…

1. Mary Barra
Chairman and CEO, General Motors
2. Indra Nooyi
Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo
3. Marillyn Hewson
Chairman, President and CEO, Lockheed Martin
4. Abigail Johnson
Chairman and CEO, Fidelity Investments
5. Sheryl Sandberg
COO, Facebook

Sheryl Sandberg. Credit: Rex

6. Ginni Rometty
Chairman, President and CEO, IBM
7. Meg Whitman
CEO, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
8. Safra Catz
Co-CEO, Oracle
9. Phebe Novakovic
Chairman and CEO, General Dynamics
10. Ruth Porat
SVP and CFO, Alphabet

Fortune powerful women

Indra Nooyi. Credit: Rex

11. Lynn Good
Chairman, President and CEO, Duke Energy
12. Helena Foulkes
President, CVS/Pharmacy
13. Angela Ahrendts
SVP, Retail, Apple
14. Susan Wojcicki
CEO, YouTube
15. Tricia Griffith
President and CEO, Progressive

Fortune powerful women

Angela Ahrendts. Credit: Rex

16. Cathy Engelbert
CEO, Deloitte
17. Pam Nicholson
President and CEO, Enterprise Holdings
18. Ann Marie Campbell
EVP, U.S. Stores, Home Depot
19. Geisha Williams
CEO and President, PG&E Corporation
20. Debra Reed
Chairman, President and CEO, Sempra Energy

Fortune powerful women

Mary Barra. Credit: Rex

21. Karen Lynch
President, Aetna
22. Sandra Peterson
Group Worldwide Chair, Johnson & Johnson
23. Heather Bresch
CEO, Mylan
24. Marianne Lake
CFO, JPMorgan Chase
25. Margaret Keane
President and CEO, Synchrony Financial

Fortune powerful women

Sandra Peterson. Credit: Rex

26. Amy Hood
EVP and CFO, Microsoft
27. Mary Callahan Erdoes
CEO, JPM Asset Management, JPMorgan Chase
28. Judith McKenna
EVP and COO, Walmart
29. Barbara Rentler
CEO, Ross Stores
30. Leanne Caret
President and CEO of Defense, Space & Security, Boeing

Fortune powerful women

Mary Callahan Erdoes. Credit: Rex

31. Denise Morrison
President and CEO, Campbell Soup
32. Vicki Hollub
President and CEO, Occidental Petroleum
33. Shari Ballard
Senior EVP and President of Multichannel Retail, Best Buy
34. Debra Crew
President and CEO, Reynolds American, British American Tobacco
35. Kathleen Murphy
President, Personal Investing, Fidelity Investments

Fortune powerful women

Denise Morrison. Credit: Rex

36. Lynne Doughtie
Chairman and CEO, KPMG U.S.
37. Mary Mack
Senior EVP and Head of Community Banking, Wells Fargo
38. Julie Sweet
CEO, North America, Accenture
39. Carolyn Tastad
Group President, North America, Procter & Gamble
40. Bridget Van Kralingen
SVP, Industry Platforms, IBM

Fortune powerful women

Julie Sweet. Credit: Rex

41. Crystal Hanlon
President, Northern Division, Home Depot
42. Shira Goodman
CEO, Staples
43. Jennifer Taubert
Company Group Chairman, Johnson & Johnson
44. Anna Manning
President and CEO, Reinsurance Group of America

Fortune powerful women

Mary Dillon. Credit: Rex

45. Michele Buck
President and CEO, Hershey
46. Deanna Mulligan
President and CEO, Guardian Life Insurance
47. Bonnie Hammer
Chairman, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group, Comcast
48. Mary Dillon
CEO, Ulta Beauty
49. Margo Georgiadis
CEO, Mattel
50. Anne Finucane
Vice Chairman, Bank of America

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