Crain’s just recently published its list of 50 Most Powerful Women in New York for 2019. As they do biennially, Crain’s parades the indisputable excellence of a plethora of women stemming from diverse backgrounds and professions.
The list encapsulates influential women of strength, diligence, and commendable prestige with achievements in both businesses and government in our home state. Westchester is especially well-represented on this year’s list, by three incredible women you can read more about below.
Virginia “Ginni” Rometty
Chairman, President, and CEO of IBM
Rometty, originally from Chicago, Illinois, has been greatly involved with IBM since 1981 when she first joined the company as a systems engineer. Before becoming president and CEO in January 2012, Rometty became known for her work integrating IBM and PricewaterhouseCoopers IT consulting business while serving as general manager of IBM’s global services division in 2002. Currently residing as the chair, president, and CEO, Rometty is the first woman to head IBM, headquartered in Armonk, NY.
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Temporary President and Majority Leader of the New York State Senate
A Yonkers resident, Stewart-Cousins has progressed as a politician and educator by representing District 35 in the New York State Senate and assuming her position as the body’s Temporary President and Majority Leader as of January 2019. She is the first female Senate Majority Leader in New York history, as well as the first woman in the history of New York State to lead a conference in the New York State Legislature.
Congresswoman of the U.S. House of Representatives
Born and raised in the Bronx, Ocasio-Cortez graduated from Yorktown High School and then Boston University to pursue her path in international relations and American politics. As she takes the political stratosphere by storm, Ocasio-Cortez has become an influential politician and activist, serving as the U.S. Representative for New York’s 14th congressional district. She is an advocate for Medicare for all, a proposed Green New Deal, U.S. immigration reform, free public college and trade school, as well as several other progressive platforms.