January 27, 2012
A year ago, the World Economic Forum in Davos imposed a gender quota to increase female participation. But a year later, "just 17% of those gathered from the world's business and political elites are women," writes Jane Martinson at the Guardian. "This is the highest yet in the 40 odd years of the event, up from 16% in 2011 -- and just 9% in 2002. But it still gives a useful guide to the headway women are making at the top." Martinson is concerned that the gender imbalance at Davos may not change any time soon; while there is an advisory board on gender parity in place, "a brief look at the programme today suggests they are swamped by those on more general economic issues."