There aren’t many women who attend the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, but those who do sure know how to make waves. Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg told an audience this weekend that she believes employers should be able to speak freely with female employees about whether they plan to get pregnant. The question is considered taboo by HR departments (not to mention feminists) because it’s illegal (not to mention slimy) to discriminate against a job candidate or employee based on pregnancy status. Why is Sandberg, one of the top women in male-dominated Silicon Valley, in favor of changing the system? More
The number of women invited to Davos, the famous conference of the world’s biggest business and political elites, has always been a bit of a sore spot. Despite a new quota which requires that the biggest companies send at least one woman for every four men, the percentage of women attending the World Economic Forum (WEF) is at 17% for the second year in a row. Check out this awesome graphic from Quartz to understand how hard it will be to find women at Davos.
Would you be willing to take your top off in freezing cold weather for justice? Members of the Ukrainian protest group FEMEN showed up at Davos this week to protest the oppression of the poor. Their slogan: “Our God is woman, our mission is protest, our weapons are bare breasts.”
Want your conference to be a hit? Just get some female speakers. Women speakers are quite a hot commodity on the conference circuit. According to a new study by Weber Shandwick, top women business leaders spoke at 218 unique events in 2011. “Women executives are establishing their rightful place at the table, gaining greater stature and notoriety in the business world. As such, they are becoming vital members on the conference circuit, increasing participation and prominence in this powerful venue,” said Micho Spring, chair of Weber Shandwick’s Global Corporate practice. More
This week is the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. It is a gathering of the global elite but there is one big problem: The lack of women in attendance is staggering. Yes, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, is the keynote speaker this year. Christine Lagarde, the director of the International Monetary Fund and a longtime Davos regular, is in attendance as well as Jill Abramson, the executive editor of The New York Times, but they are attention-getters. More