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Women & Power Issue

Top 100 women-led businesses in Massachusetts

The Globe Magazine and The Commonwealth Institute partnered to create a list of female-run, for-profit companies with the biggest revenue in 2012.

They build homes, sell bagels, research drugs, and make plastics. The state’s female-run companies are diverse and thriving. Since 2002, The Commonwealth Institute, a Boston-based nonprofit devoted to aiding women in business, has compiled an annual list of those for-profit companies with the biggest revenues. This year for the first time, the Globe Magazine is partnering with the institute to publish the list, based on 2012 revenue, which in some cases is estimated. “Each of the women on our Top 100 list,” says the nonprofit’s executive director, Aileen Gorman, “has made a significant impact on the Commonwealth’s economy and has established herself as a visionary leader of a successful company.”

To see the list of Top 100 women-led businesses, click here.

To the view the honorable mentions list, click here.


While surveying female executives as part of the Top 100 project this summer, The Commonwealth Institute learned the following:

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93 percent of those who responded are the company’s first female CEO

55 percent of CEOs are also the company’s founder


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4 percent ended education with high school diploma

43 percent bachelor’s degree

46 percent master’s

7 percent doctorate


15 percent are age 30-45

69 percent are age 45-60

17 percent are 60-plus

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