Mary Barra, Chief Executive Officer of General Motors, at GM headquarters in Detroit, MI, January 2014. Barra is the first female to head a major global auto company.

Mary Barra, CEO, GM

Women and Adversity: Mary Barra at GM

Both Fortune and Forbes magazines print a list of the most powerful women in the world, and it’s worth a look at them.

At, Fortune puts Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors and often cited as the first CEO of that company, at the top on the list of American women. The magazine has separate listings for Asian-Pacific and Europe, Middle East, Africa.

Forbes has one list for women around the world at It ranks Barra No. 5 after Angela Merkel, Hillary Clinton, Melinda Gates and Janet Yellen.

An article by Jonathan Chew in the Sept. 23, 2015 issue of Fortune, What Volkswagen’s next CEO can learn from GM’s Mary Barra at tells what Barra is about. Of the five suggestions in the article, No. 1 is “She was honest.”

(Photo: Ben Baker, Redux)


Article By: Jo Ann Mathews

I’ve been a professional freelance writer for several years and specialize in writing feature stories. I have more than a 1,000 bylines to my credit and have written on countless topics from autism to zoology. My columns on fashion and the Internet appeared in a Chicago area newspaper in the 90s. “Brunswick Buzz,” the column in The Sun News, the Myrtle Beach, S.C. daily, ran for seven years then “Events on the North Strand” took over in October 2013, also in The Sun News.

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