«The number of female political leaders has increased but the number of female CEOs of Fortune 500 companies has declined by 25%. How can we develop a more equal balance in the Fourth Industrial Revolution? » _______________
Um resumo do debate:
Female Leadership at a tipping point
Panellists begin by discussing the fact that the number of female CEOs of Fortune 500 companies has declined by 25% in 2018.
The conductor Marin Alsop says: "I'm optimistically pessimistic about things. That’s a healthy approach because that keeps us vigilant.
"If we take our foot off the gas pedal, even momentarily, the numbers decline. This is the moment to be vigilant," she says.
Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, says we need to get rid of the notion that a woman leader needs to be followed another excellent woman leader. It doesn't matter who comes next, she says, but it's important that young women are able to visualise female leaders, have role models and mentors.
Carolyn Tastad, group president of Procter & Gamble, talked about the need to remove labels, such as the fact that women have a "confidence gap".
She also acknowledged that women also have biases, and this shdn't be a zero sum game of men vs women, but rather something that needs to be worked at together. Getting to gender equality will require involving men in the project, she said.
And Chrystia Freeland, Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, admits that she was personally a little dubious when the plan of a 50-50 gender split in cabinet was announced, worrying that it could be seen as a fake promotion.
However, she goes on to say that it has been a huge success, sending a powerful message to young women in Canada while also transforming discussions around the cabinet table to become less confrontational and more constructive.
But Lithuania's president Dalia Grybauskaite does not agree with the idea of quotas, saying that in her culture it would create bitterness, the idea that people are being promoted for something other than excellence.
Discussions end with Chrystia Freeland urging everyone not to forget the women in some parts of the world who are facing extreme oppression and discrimination.
Bigger picture: Progress on gender equality is slowing down. At the current rate of change, it’s going to take 108 years to close the Global Gender Gap, which now stands at 68%, according to the Forum’s own report.