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Report on Business: Top 40 Under 40

Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Why are women still so under-represented in leadership awards like the Report on Business' Top 40 Under 40? Only 5 of the Top 40 Under 40 are female (the same number as when the awards launched in 1995).

Is it because the criteria used to identify young leaders for this particular set of awards (vision and leadership, innovation and achievements, the impact of their efforts, growth and strategy development, and community involvement) inadvertently skew toward males or could it be that women who might otherwise end up rising to the top of their chosen fields end up lagging a bit behind men because they (i) choose slightly different paths or (ii) they carry a disproportionate load in other areas of their lives?

Female representation on the National Advisory Board for the awards (6 out of 27 positions) is higher than the number of female award winners.

It would be interesting to know what percentage of nominees are female. Maybe women aren't even making it to the nomination round. Hmmm.

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| posted by Ann D @ 2:01 PM