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By Vanessa Fuhrmans The pressure is on for companies around the world to put more women on their boards. Diversity advocates have been making a business case for women in high-ranking roles for years. Now blunt-force measures, rather than financial arguments, appear to be moving the needle. The U.S., once the leader in female directors, is lagging Europe where mandates have forced corporations to boost the ratio of women holding board seats.
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Fewer Republican senators are women than men named John — despite the fact that Johns represent 3.3 percent of the population, while women represent 50.8 percent. Fewer Democratic governors are women than men named John. And fewer women directed the top-grossing 100 films last year than men named Michael and James combined. Of the groups of leaders we examined, chief executives and directors of last year’s top-grossing films have the lowest rates of women.
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In 2016, a Peterson Institute for International Economics survey of over 21,000 firms from 91 countries found that increasing female leadership representation in profitable firms from 0 to 30 percent is correlated with a 15 percent increase in net revenue margin. Women have made one big mistake as leaders (I personally have made this mistake myself): trying to lead like men and not owning our leadership abilities. The underlying issue is that we associate leadership with masculinity.
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What's worse than the glass ceiling? The glass cliff By Susanna Whawell The glass ceiling is only the first hurdle for high-achieving women. The glass ceiling is an idea familiar to many. It refers to the invisible barrier that seems to exist in many fields and which prevents women from achieving senior positions. Less well-known, but arguably a more pernicious problem, is the “glass cliff”.
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