Fortune’s Most Powerful Women List Shows Just How Impactful COVID-19 Was on Businesses

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Fortune unveiled its rankings for this year’s Most Powerful Women and one thing is abundantly clear from the list: The pandemic had a huge impact on business.

On Tuesday, the publication shared its picks of the 50 women who are at the “top of corporate America.” Notable inclusions are five women in the top 10 who became CEOs during the pandemic, and Rosalind Brewer and Thasunda Brown Duckett, who “became two of the four Black women to ever run Fortune 500 companies.”

Fortune also notes that “for the first time, we have two women sharing a job and therefore a spot on the list,” pointing out Marianne Lake and Jennifer Piepszak who rank together as No. 22 on the list for their roles as co-CEOs of Chase Consumer & Community Banking.

Here are the women listed in the top 10:

1. Karen Lynch, CEO, CVS Health

2. Jane Fraser, CEO, Citi

3. Julie Sweet, Chairman and CEO, Accenture

4. Carol Tomé, CEO, UPS

5. Mary Barra, Chairman and CEO, GM

6. Rosalind Brewer CEO of Walgreens Boots Alliance

7., Gail Broudreaux, President and CEO, Anthem

8. Abigail Johnson, Chairman and CEO, Fidelity Investments

9. Ruth Porat, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Alphabet

10. Thasunda Brown Duckett, President and CEO, TIAA

The list’s top woman, Karen Lynch, made massive strides during the COVID-19 crisis, and her impact has likely been felt in your very own community. Building her career in health insurance, Lynch took on the role of CVS Health’s CEO in February and promptly positioned the pharmacy chain as a hub for COVID testing and vaccinations.

Fortune notes that “the company has administered more than 34 million vaccine doses since May 2020” and that Lynch’s next plan is “to transform CVS’ vast network of neighborhood pharmacies” into “outlets 100% devoted to primary care, capable of collectively serving tens of thousands of patients a day — thus breaking through one of the most stubborn bottlenecks in medicine.”

“We’ll be far more than the corner drugstore,” Lynch told the publication. “We’re pivoting to become more central to America’s health care.”

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