The average price of items in T.J. Maxx, HomeGoods, and Marshalls stores was down, but traffic growth pushed sales up 8% in fiscal 2011 to $21.9 billion. Since Meyrowitz took over in
January 2007, the discounterís stock has returned 104%, vs. a decline of 9% for the S&P.
The list is compiled by FORTUNE editors, who consider four criteria: the size and importance of the womanís business in the global economy, the health and direction of the
business, the arc of the womanís career (resume and runway ahead), and societal and cultural influence.