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Closing the Workplace Gender Gap

May 08, 2018
CATEGORY: Society, U.S.A.

Joanne Lipman and Ruth Marcus speak at the Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series at the Aspen Institute.

Parity between men and women in the workplace is uneven in America. Ninety-five percent of Fortune 500 chief executives are men, and just seventeen percent of women hold seats on corporate boards. For companies with more women in leadership positions, the financial picture is better, creativity is boosted, and risky behavior may be more easily tempered. So why aren't more women serving in such positions? To find the answer, journalist Joanne Lipman met with tech giants in Silicon Valley, large American companies, and universities studying the issue. She even traveled to Iceland. "According to the World Economic Forum, it's the number one country in the world for gender equality. And I wanted to know, 'What does that feel like?'." The result of her research is her book That's What She Said: What Men Need to Know (and Women Need to Tell Them) About Working Together. She speaks with Ruth Marcus, deputy editorial page editor at the Washington Post about the book. Their conversation is part of the Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series at the Aspen Institute.

 

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