FT Women at the Top, July 6: analysis, comment and interactive graphics

On July 6, the Financial Times publishes the next Women at the Top page as part of its flagship project on female business leadership.

In the print edition, James Crabtree, the FT’s comment editor, analyses the latest report from UN Women, titled Progress of the World’s Women 2011-2012: In Pursuit of Justice, while Alice Ross looks at just how effective business has been in promoting equality for women around the world.

Maija Palmer, the FT’s technology correspondent, investigates why there are fewer women working in the tech sector than 10 years ago. Is it just because science and IT are seen as “geeky” subjects, or because it remains a male-dominated sector? Where – and who – is the next female Bill Gates or Steve Jobs?

Pip McCrostie, global vice-chairwoman of transaction advisory services at Ernst & Young, might have the answer. She talks to Liz Bolshaw about making the switch from law to accountancy – and just how you can read a tax-law textbook by the pool.

Online, Cherie Blair, the leading international human rights lawyer and advocate of women’s rights through her Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, talks about her childhood and whether Lehman Sisters would have collapsed just as dramatically.

Also online, two interactive graphics trace the rise of women’s rights. First, a timeline detailing the achievements of the UN in the fight for equality; and, second, an in-depth look at the level of representation of women in parliaments around the world.

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About our bloggers

Liz Bolshaw

Liz Bolshaw is a business journalist and editor. She has been a successful book publisher, online editor, magazine editor and publisher.

She was launch editor of the Europe-wide online community Entrepreneur Country, has published magazines for PwC, 3i, dunhill and Bafta, and launched The Sharp Edge, a magazine for and about entrepreneurs, with Duncan Bannatyne. She is a regular contributor to Thomson Reuters’ Venture Capital Journal.

Her last project for the Financial Times was as editor of the paper’s Business Education magazine.

Rebecca Knight

Rebecca Knight is a freelance journalist based in Boston. She writes regularly for the FT on business education, entrepreneurship, and management.

Andrew Hill

Andrew Hill is an associate editor and the management editor of the FT. He was City editor of the FT and editor of the daily Lombard column on British business and finance from September 2006 to December 2010.

He was the FT’s financial editor from June 2005 to September 2006, with overall responsibility for coverage of companies and markets. Before becoming financial editor, he was the FT’s comment & analysis editor, in charge of the paper’s opinion and features pages.

From 1999 to 2003, he was the FT’s New York bureau chief. He joined the FT in 1988 and has also worked as foreign news editor, UK companies reporter and correspondent in Brussels and Milan.

Pino Bethencourt

Pino Bethencourt is a professor and leadership expert at IE Business School in Madrid. She is also an author and executive coach.

Lynda Gratton

Lynda Gratton is professor of management practice at London Business School.

Linda Tarr-Whelan

Linda Tarr-Whelan, former ambassador to the UN commission on the status of women, is a Demos distinguished senior fellow.