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20 WOMEN TO WATCH
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pioneers of women's business, continued ...Published: March 01, 2010

“My predecessors, a lot of them never got married and never had kids,” Gilly says. “The pioneers really made sacrifices, and those of us that came after them really benefited. They are the ones young women have to thank for how welcoming and accommodating the workplace is today.”
   
Gilly sees downsizing and early retirement of a previously male-dominated work force as forces that will provide more opportunities for women.
   
“It is important that women and minorities are placed on these corporate boards, so that you get the diversity and voice of these customers and employees in the board room,” she says.
   
And it’s up to the women of today – women like the 20 we profile on the following pages – to kick it up a notch.
   
“Women have paved the way,” Matz says. “Now it is up to us to take the risk to go on to a higher level. Those willing to sacrifice will be able to do it, providing more voices in the workplace, and I think it’ll make it a stronger organization and a stronger country.”

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