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- STÉPHANIE THOMSON from WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM

Smashing the glass ceiling: 6 Davos leaders explain how they did it

When it comes to closing the gender gap, we’ve made an immense amount of progress in a relatively short space of time. But we’re nowhere near where we need to be.
According to the latest Gender Gap Report, worldwide we’ve managed to close only 59% of the gap in economic participation and 23% in politics. In some regions, it could take 1,000 years before we’ve achieved equality between men and women.
What can we do today to make sure our daughters and granddaughters aren’t facing the same challenges? We asked six global leaders for their take.

Emily Carter, Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Princeton University
“The only reason you got the job is because you’re a woman.” I recall those words as if it was yesterday, even though they were uttered 30 years ago. It wasn’t the first time, nor would it be the last, that words questioning my validity were spewed at me, a Phi Beta Kappa Berkeley grad and soon-to-be Caltech PhD, having just landed my first faculty position at UCLA.
My words of advice are these: find work that gives your life meaning and don’t let anyone dissuade you from pursuing it. Constructive action is the best answer to prejudice. Your hard and excellent work will speak for itself. Rise above the insults; calmly and professionally point out the fallacy of their arguments.

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