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Byline: Michael Kinsman
Jun. 4--Patricia Woertz is a female and a chief executive officer, and very determined that people not view her as a female chief executive officer.
"I'm fairly certain that Archer Daniels Midland didn't hire me because I'm a woman," Woertz said in an interview last week when she was here to give the commencement address at the University of San Diego ceremony for business, engineering and liberal arts majors. "I think my background and my performance mean more."
That's true. Woertz, 53, has an impressive background and work history filled with successes. But many other women do, too. So why do only 11 of the Fortune 500 companies have female chief executives?
Woertz doesn't have an answer for that, or she doesn't feel comfortable sharing it. …