So a recent blog Changing the Game, lamented on the almost complete lack of women in key executive roles in the game design industry. It struck me that perhaps this disparity may also be prevalent in the business world as a whole so I did a little digging. I came to realize that maybe there is more to the equation than just the number; perhaps the quantity is not near as important as the quality after all one great boss is worth 100 terrible ones.
So first let me say this: Yes it is true that only 14.3 percent of executive officers in the world’s Fortune 500 companies are women as reported by Forbes and that number is abysmal.
Now let me say this: Of those women the quality is absolutely phenomenal. More than that, women have taken over the top roles in almost every industry even those in historically male dominated sectors. Here are a few that caught my eye.
- Angela Merkel – Chancellor of Germany and Chairperson of the European Union. Ms. Merkel was Named Person of the Year by Time Magazine in 2015. Not Woman of the Year but PERSON of the Year. She also had an approval rating of 77% at one point which is almost unheard of in politics.
- Janet Yellen – Chairperson of the Board of the Federal Reserve. Ms. Yellen is known by many insiders to be one of a few execs that understands and weighs the human aspects behind the numbers.
- Christine Lagarde – Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) since 2011. She was named the 5th Most Powerful Woman in the World by Forbes Magazine.
- Sheryl Sandberg – Chief Operating Officer in the Social Media Field.
- Susan Wojcicki – Chief Executive Officer. Once named the Most Powerful Woman on the Internet by Time Magazine. The world’s largest search engine founders used her garage to start their empire.
- Marissa Mayer – Chief Executive Officer of one of the largest search engines since 2012. She was ranked #1 on Fortune’s List of Top 40 Executives under 40.
Impressive list to be sure but most impressive is the fact that the majority of these women can also be found listed on philanthropy.com. Perhaps that is even more important. It is a good start but I think the world would benefit from more women execs like these.
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