Whether in mining or other industries, leadership positions are mostly
occupied by men. Despite this disparity that has resulted from
structural and historical problems, more and more women are conquering
space at the top of their companies. Vale has been working to encourage
In 2021, the number of women in senior leadership positions (executive
manager and above) in the company increased by 80% compared to 2019.
According to the company's
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion report
, the numbers related to management and coordination positions, in
addition to supervision roles, which also increased – 51.2% and 66.1%,
We have brought forward our target to double the number of women in our
workforce compared to 2019 and to reach 26% of women in the workforce by
five years to 2025. By November 2021, the percentage of women at Vale
was 18.7%, up 5.2% from 13.5% in 2019 when the company established our
target for employing women as part of our global diversity strategy.
There are now 4,500 more women working in our company.
Female participation in leadership positions at Vale began a few decades
ago, in 1990. Shirley Virginia Coutinho was the first woman to take on a
leadership role, becoming superintendent director of the Fundação Vale
do Rio Doce – the company's name at that time. See below for more
details about the trajectory of this pioneer leader:
Learn more about Vale's
history at the History Centre
News about the day Shirley Coutinho took over as the first woman in
a leadership position. Credit: Vale Journal
Photograph of Shirley taking office as a director. Credit: Vale
Photograph of Shirley officially opening residential units. Credit:
Shirley Virgínia Coutinho, at that time, superintendent director of
Fundação Vale. Credit: Vale Journal
After Shirley, many other women took on important leadership positions
within Vale. In the
last episode of Season Two of Mining By Women
some of them shared a little of their stories. Now, learn more about the
trajectory of other 6 female leaders of Vale:
During 2021, the web series
Mining By Women
shared inspiring stories from different women who help to build Vale. In
this web series, 22 women told their stories through the episodes, 37
shared testimonials on the special page, another 26 participated in
special news, 160 shared their pride of being part of mining in posts on
social media, and countless others were impacted by the representative
With the second season of this project – which was conceived and
directed by women, for every man and woman – it became even clearer that
women's place is also in mining.
If you missed an episode, be sure to check it out.
and watch it right now. In the second season, we shared the trajectory
of women within the themes of pioneering, ethnicities, people with
disabilities, LGBTQIA+, young talent, and leadership.