The latest list from Forbes of the 100 most powerful women on the planet suggests that the technology industry is leading the way in promoting sexual equality, contributing 15 per cent of the spots overall and a quarter of the top 20 positions.
The technology industry contributed more names to the list (see below) than any other business sector, and includes the heads of some of the biggest firms in the hardware, software, and services sectors. Google was the only company to have two women on the list.
Understandably it’s the politicians who wield the most power, with the first and second spots going to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, but the technology industry contributed more names to the list (see below) than any other business sector.
The top tech position at number four goes to Melinda Gates, Co-chair of the charitable foundation that bears her and Bill’s name. Ms. Gates was a career Microserf before she married Bill, although she might want to forget her involvement with Microsoft Bob – a product reviled to this day by some in the industry.