Weili Dai
AP
Wall Street is notorious for its lack of female executives. A mere 4 percent of Fortune 500 businesses have a woman occupying the CEO seat.

Lately, however, a new trend is starting to surface. When once-great companies find themselves stuck in a dark place, they're beginning to appoint female leaders to get them out of the woods.

The New 'Feminine Mystique'

Women like Marissa Mayer, Sheryl Sandberg, and Meg Whitman may stir up buzz when they take and hold the top jobs, but they're also generating results.

Forget whatever myths you might have held about the "fairer sex." These women are powerful and unafraid to tackle a challenge. Besides helping obliterate a glass ceiling, they're breathing life into tech companies that have encountered some seriously difficult situations.

Here's how these female execs are turning the beat around for companies we once thought were flatlining.



Motley Fool contributor Caroline Bennett has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends Facebook and Google. The Motley Fool owns shares of Facebook, Google, International Business Machines and Microsoft.

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AllahDitta Gujjar

In USA where equal opportunity concept is strong the 5% share of women in top level is very small share. AT the over all performance we can said that the decision power is not limited with male or felmale. It comes with professional approach.
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June 04 2013 at 11:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
AllahDitta Gujjar

AS per my suggestion the Marissa Mayer is the to-pest well decision lady in the women top leading history.

June 04 2013 at 11:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
js4024

Yup affirmative action CEOs.. they save things alright.. ask the woman who ran HP into the ground... You can say all you want about it, but when the rubber meets the road we all know and think the same thing.. They got to where they are because of their race, gender, or sexual prefernce....

June 03 2013 at 10:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
h.hughjardon

Why no mention of the over the top outrageous compensation these evil CEO'S are getting?

June 03 2013 at 7:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply