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A Few Good Women . . . are needed to fill a communications industry void.

By Cynthia E. Griffin

Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

What do, Oxygen Media and USA Networks have in common?They're communications entities founded by women.

Despite these successful ventures, however, women owners aremostly missing from this industry. "Women have become generalcounsels and senior vice presidents, but we're not seeing womenCEOs or COOs of [communications] companies, or board members ofmajor companies," says the FCC's Susan Ness.

Cynthia Ringo, 47, laments the number of women involved in theequipment side of telecommunications. "[It's] a highlytechnical field that hasn't been particularly attractive towomen, nor has it been conducive to accepting women," saysRingo, CEO of Santa Clara, California-based CopperCom Inc., whichmanufactures the copper wiring that facilitates voice-over-DSL.

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