Highs and lows for women in 2014

Women CEOs in increaseIt was a year of highs and lows for women according to Claire Cohen in her Telegraph article ‘Was 2014 a good year for women?’. We won’t soon be forgetting Microsoft’s CEO telling women to put faith ‘’in karma’ to give them the right pay rise, Boko Haram’s kidnapping of nearly 200 schoolgirls for forced marriages or Facebook and Google offering to freeze the eggs of female employees.

Highs included getting more female CEO’s in FTSE100 companies, the extension of flexible working rights and shared parental leave and seeing a few truly diabolical men such as American Apparel’s Dov Charney ousted. Even Mattel went from the sublime to the ridiculous with various editions of Barbie, including Entrepreneur Barbie (High!) and Software developer Barbie (who needed to ask Ken for help with her code – a real Low!)

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