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4 min read | march 07, 2023

women break new ground in energy

The women of Chevron continue to blaze trails across boardrooms, oil fields and laboratories.

Chevron women have been breaking glass ceilings and stereotypes for nearly 150 years. Most recently Hye-Kyung Timken, principal scientist, became the second woman to receive the U.S. National Academy of Sciences Award for Chemistry in Service to Society.

On International Women’s Day, we’re highlighting the accomplishments and efforts of such employees and their pioneering spirit.

“Throughout my career, I have been fortunate to stand alongside women of all cultures and backgrounds who come to work every day to make a difference. I am inspired to work with talented women who are dedicated to building an energy system which delivers affordable, reliable, and ever-cleaner energy today and for tomorrow.”

eimear bonner

vice president and chief technology officer

notable women

From rig workers and environmental specialists to engineers and executives, our employees help bring much-needed energy to a growing world each day.

we’ve got their back

Chevron has a deep commitment in supporting both our employees and the communities where we operate.

In 2021, when Process Engineer Vanessa Fruge shared concerns about performing refinery inspections while in her third trimester of pregnancy, we helped her find a solution.

We delivered by equipping one of Fruge’s colleagues with a Microsoft HoloLens® mixed reality headset that allows the user to share what they’re seeing with colleagues working remotely. It gave Fruge—who was working on her tablet—a real-time view of operations and allowed her to collaborate with team members.

“The work-life balance working for this company is so amazing. They really promote the fact that if you're happy at home, then you can be happy at work. That’s what I love most about working with a company that can accommodate me in all stages of my life.”

vanessa fruge, process engineer

more on that

Over the past year, we continued to back women’s progress by:

  • Supporting STEM programs that excite and inspire the next generation of women scientists.
  • Joining forces with women-owned company Siren Energy to, in part, improve supplier diversity and inclusivity.
  • Covering milk delivery services, refrigeration and expedited shipping for nursing mothers travelling for business.
  • Helping employees relaunch their careers, including women who paused their careers to care for relatives.
  • Donating more than $2 million to initiatives that empower women and girls in sports, education and the workplace. 

history makers

Chevron’s history is rich with innovation and determination. Perhaps that’s what drew forward-thinking women such as Nell Palmer to us.

Palmer joined the company in 1885 and, aside from working her way up to secretary of the president, staunchly campaigned for women’s rights.

The following century, women played a vital role in keeping our production moving during the Second World War. By the end of 1944, more than 4,000 women were employed by Chevron, with many working in our refineries.

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