Whatever the future holds, we hope it is a world in which women are more fairly represented in the workplace -- particularly in the business and technology sectors. Here's Pamela Haag on the dearth of women among "high-flying, high tech entrepreneurs and professionals" in Silicon Valley, where women earn only 49 cents to a man’s dollar, and diplomat Neelam Deo on the challenges and the incredible possibility that IT opens up for women and girls globally. Julia Allison believes that the only way for a woman to gain respect as a tech entrepreneur is by "making a ton of money." Her goal is to sell her own internet company in five years.
We've come a long way from when newspapers ran sex-segregated job listings (“Help Wanted—Male” and “Help Wanted—Female") with different pay for the same work, depending on gender. But if we want to continue to move forward as a society to the point where women are being meaningfully integrated at the top levels of organizations, those who are currently there will have to make a commitment, says Monique Leroux, CEO of Canada's largest financial cooperative, Desjardins. Leroux explains her strategy for ensuring that women have a place at the table.