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Valeant pops risky $1 bln libido pill

August 20, 2015

The acquisitive drug firm is buying Sprout, the maker of just-approved “female Viagra.” Valeant will have gotten a bargain if it can crank out billions in annual sales. Snag is, the drug isn’t very effective, it has bad side effects, and regulatory restrictions may crimp sales.

Thruppence: Which woman should grace the $10 bill?

By Breakingviews Columnists
June 18, 2015

The U.S. Treasury will finally put a female face on its money again. Judy Garland, Victoria Woodhull, Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks, Beyoncé, Edith Bolling Wilson, Rachel Carson, Katharine Drexel, Jane Addams, Eleanor Roosevelt, Melinda Gates, Oprah and Caitlyn Jenner make our list.

Silicon Valley trials start as sexism lawsuit ends

March 29, 2015

Venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins beat gender discrimination allegations, but the likes of Facebook and Twitter face similar lawsuits. The court of public opinion also has yet to deliver its verdict. Scrutiny of how the tech world treats women is just getting under way.

Google’s CFO search should have it feeling lucky

March 24, 2015

There’s a dearth of executives with the financial, tech and government experience needed to help run a $400 bln company. Even fewer women fit the bill. Silicon Valley and Wall Street just can’t find enough Ruth Porats fast enough. The challenge is to create more like her.

Silicon Valley sexism case tests new M&M color

March 11, 2015

Venture capitalists at Kleiner Perkins didn’t slip the candy down blouses, behavior that cost one tech law firm big bucks in 1994. But they’re accused of unfairly blocking a woman’s rise. It’s a subtler but more toxic flavor of discrimination that suggests how little has changed.

Quotas for female directors are a necessary evil

By Guest Contributor
March 8, 2012

Business leaders squirm at quotas to increase gender diversity on boards, as now mooted by the European Commission. Many women also hesitate because regulation might dilute the principle of elevation on merit. But change is coming too slowly. Sensible rules will hasten reform.

Review: Bending over backwards to lean in

March 15, 2013

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has stirred a debate with her advice book for professional women. Interpretations vary, but essentially “Lean In” posits that they need to be more ambitious and men more accommodating. Maybe the discussion alone will help toward that goal.

Review: Inequality is the dark side of leaning in

By Christopher Swann
October 11, 2013

Elite women have learnt the lessons of Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg. They are catching up with male peers, Alison Wolf shows in “The XX Factor”. The revival of the “female servant” has made that possible. Top women are flourishing. The price is a rising female income gap.

The myth of the man-cession

By Christopher Swann
October 6, 2009

The novelty of the man-cession has been overstated. Delve deeper, and men have not been doing so badly by historic standards. Nor have women been making great breakthroughs. They may have been better at clinging onto their jobs, but women have not done so well holding onto their salaries.