Inside the making of Forbes' Power Women list


The Forbes ranking of the 100 most powerful women in the world highlights the most influential women across business, media, entertainment, finance and politics. ForbesWomen editor Maggie McGrath highlights some notable names from this year's ranking and reveals the process behind creating the list.  
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Advice for men who are nervous about mentoring women

Unintended consequences of the #MeToo movement may be hurting rather than helping women's careers. Mentorship is a powerful tool for personal and professional development and the increased focus on sexual harassment is making many men in positions of authority reluctant to hire, work closely with, or mentor women. "If we want more women leaders, we need men in powerful positions to support their ascension," writes Babson College professor and author Wendy Murphy. Here, she shares her top tips fo...
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Tackle negotiations as a woman entrepreneur


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Investors don't ask women founders the same questions as men. Here’s why that's a problem

Gender bias in the questions investors ask entrepreneurs impacts the level of funding they receive, with men typically receiving higher levels of funding than women, according to research. When Dana Kanze and her colleagues analyzed question and answer sessions between investors and entrepreneurs, they discovered the venture capitalists were asking male entrepreneurs questions about the potential for gains while asking female entrepreneurs about the potential for losses. And because their a...
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African Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) Awards 2018

African Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) is inviting nominations for its annual awards celebrating the achievements of female entrepreneurs. AWIEF is a not-for-profit Pan-African business networking, information and equal opportunity platform for women business owners and entrepreneurs, innovators, and social enterprises and each year the AWIEF awards "recognise, honour and celebrate" the contribution women are making to Africa's growth and social development. Candidates ...
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Why these 6 Twitter powerhouses want diversity of company ownership made public

A group of female investors is on a mission to increase diversity in Silicon Valley by persuading leaders to make public who owns what in their startups. The #Angels investment collective—comprising six current and former Twitter senior managers—want startups to disclose the diversity of their capitalization (cap) tables, which show the founders' and investors' percentage of ownership. Here, Catherine Clifford shares how this call for greater transparency aims to increase diversity and start cha...
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Want to run a successful business? Hire more women

Silicon Valley may be forward-looking when it comes to technology, yet it remains remarkably backward when it comes to gender. Women represent half the population, drive 70 to 80 per cent of consumer purchases, yet they remain hugely underrepresented among the technology and leadership roles of Silicon Valley. And those who are there often experience hostility in some form or another. Emily Canal shares here an edited excerpt from a book by journalist Emily Chang in which Chang explores how wome...
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'Just' say no

Communication plays a fundamental role in every workplace and the way you communicate determines how you project yourself to your co-workers. Studies have revealed gender differences in how we interpret messages and how it affects the way we perceive others. While women tend to emphasize interpersonal understanding, men tend to emphasize the status implications of messages. Given this difference, women in particular need to choose their words carefully to project confidence and authority in the ...
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Five female leaders on their biggest hopes


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