Women and the oil and gas industry. An oxymoron?

According to a January 2015 report released by The American Petroleum
Institute (api.org), women are vastly outnumbered by men, comprising only
19% of the industry in the U.S., and, of those, very few ever make it to the top, decision-making positions.

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British Petroleum (BP) has proved to be a female-friendly company with a number of women rising in its ranks, although many have since left to pursue other ventures.

Vivienne Cox’s 28-year career with the company culminated in her position as head of BP’s Alternative Energy business.  After 27 years with the company, Linda Adamany, a group VP, who believes “the door is wide open” for women, achieved her goal of retiring at the age of 55.

Here in the U.S., an elite group of women has made it to the top of the male-dominated industry.

Patricia Woertz spent 29 years at Chevron, eventually becoming Executive VP of Global Downstream before going on to become President and CEO of Archer Daniels Midland in 2007.

Women in prominent positions in the oil and gas industry.

Sara Akbar

Sara Akbar – CEO Kuwait Energy. Only female oilfield firefighter during the Gulf War.

Myrtle Dawes

Myrtle Dawes – Director of Projects at Centrica with over 20 years’ experience in the industry.

Margaret McMillan

Margaret McMillan – Internationally recognized expert in water survival technology. First woman to be inducted into the Offshore Energy Center Hall of Fame.


Anne-Grete Ellingsen

Anne-Grete Ellingsen – CEO GCE NODE. Former Deputy Minister for the Oil and Energy Ministry of Norway.

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