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Davos 2016: it’s time to talk about gender inequality

The Girls’ Lounge at the World Economic Forum is spearheading an important debate about the lack of women at the heart of the business world

“I think every woman in this room has the same question. What’s the hold-up?” asks Bloomberg Television anchor Stephanie Ruhle, as she looks at two male C-level executives on either side of her.

The hold-up she’s referring to is the glacial speed of improvement in gender equality in the workplace. It’s the penultimate day of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, where men outnumber women five to one. Ruhle is moderating an intimate session at The Girls’ Lounge, an informal space set up as a destination for women attendees, otherwise known as “the 18%”.

Since day one of the conference, which brought in 2,500 elite leaders in business, media and government, The Girls’ Lounge has held continuous discussions featuring powerhouse influencers, including Arianna Huffington, Twitter chief operating officer Adam Bain and Facebook vice-president of global marketing solutions Carolyn Everson.

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