If 50% of CEOs were women
Generation XX: January 2069
How the business world finally reached a milestone—and what had to change along the way
As the global elite gathered this week for the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, the exclusive Alpine mountain-biking resort, the picture was familiar. Rotorpods with blacked-out windows dropped off captains of industry, there to discuss the plight of the world, as they have since the 1970s. But this year there was no mistaking the passing of an important milestone, with noticeably more high heels, pumps and sandals stepping out onto the landing zone. In 2069, almost a century after Katharine Graham became the first chief executive of a listed American company, half of global CEOs are now women.
The ball had started rolling in 2018. Back then, just 7% of government leaders, 15% of board members and around 3% of chief executives were female. Of America’s Fortune 500 companies, 23 were led by women; in Britain, the leaders of the FTSE 100
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