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Where they're making waves

More women today are finding that it's easier to rocket to the top of an Internet start-up than to climb the corporate ladder at more-traditional firms.

Last year, women held 45 percent of the top management posts at Internet companies financed by venture-capital firms. Here's a sampling of some of the leading women now making a name for themselves on the Web:

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Jeanne Jackson

Chief executive officer, Wal-Mart.com

(general merchandise)

Christina Jones

President, chief operating officer, and founder, PCOrder.com

(the site enables the computer industry's suppliers, resellers, and end-users to buy and sell products online)

Geraldine Laybourne

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Chairman and CEO, Oxygen.com

(online and 24-hour cable

network for women)

Jenny Lefcourt and Jessica DiLullo

Founders, Della.com

(gift-giving and wedding-registry site)

Sue Levin

Co-founder and CEO, Lucy.com

(sports apparel for women)

Laurie McCartney

Founder and CEO, eStyle.com

(retailer for women)

Marleen McDaniel

President and CEO, Women.com

(site catering to women)

Heidi Miller

Chief financial officer, Priceline.com

(lets consumers bid for various goods and services.)

Mariam Naficy and Varsha Rao

Founders, Eve.com

(beauty-products retailer)

Rebecca Reynolds Moore

Founder and CEO, MuseumShop.com

(partners with museums to sell gifts)

Julie Wainwright

CEO, Pets.com (pet supplies)

Margaret Whitman

President and CEO, eBay

(online-auction community)

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