In her first week as Managing Director of the IMF, Christine Lagarde spoke for the greater inclusion of women in leadership.
She is one of the many powerful women who use the platform to make the
ongoing issues about the lack of female leadership visible. In fact, the
rise of Lagarde and other female leaders feeds into the commonly held
belief in the revolution from above — that is, female leaders are more able to represent women's interests and promote the aspirations of up-and-coming women.
It makes sense that a female leader would be able to understand the particular issues of women and steer them through the mid-career maze. However, despite high profile female leaders, the number of women in leadership remains stagnant. What is the disconnect?