Forbes has released a list of & # 39; America & # 39; s Most Innovative Leaders & # 39; of which there is only one woman – and it quickly led to online play and forced the publication to admit that it & # 39; it ruined & # 39; with the article.
The controversial list was published online on Friday and named 99 men, such as tech CEO & Jeff 39 and Elon Musk, as innovative leaders. A problem with the list was the only woman in position 75, Ross CEO Barbara Rentler, who didn't even get a photo in the publication.
Recoil quickly followed on social media, with many people embarrassing the publication because they did not realize that the gender bias was visible in the Forbes list.
Problematic: Forbes published a list with the & # 39; America & # 39; s Most Innovative Leaders & # 39 ;. on Friday. It included CEOs such as Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg
Supervision: There was only one woman on the list of 100 leaders, Ross CEO Barbara Rentler, whose photo was not even recorded online
Frustrated: the reaction to Twitter was quick and some people pointed out how the photo of Rentler was accessible on the Ross website
Investment collective #Angels shared the Forbes list on its Twitter page and called it a & # 39; shame & # 39; before the publication, while also explaining why the methodology for compiling the list was flawed.
& # 39; This is embarrassing, @forbes. A woman on a list of 100 most innovative leaders, & # 39; said the tweet. & # 39; The method – limiting & # 39; & # 39; to US CEO & # 39; s of $ 10 billion in market capitalization, weighting of media perception, and social imitation – only makes existing prejudices even greater. Do it better, Forbes. & # 39;
Forbes claimed that the list was not compiled by a group of editors who were in a room.
Instead, the publication stated that it was created by ranking CEO & # 39; s with a market value of more than $ 10 billion from the & # 39; innovation premium & # 39; of the companies. The publication also took into account the performance of the CEOs and their reputation in the media.
& # 39; We believe that a leader's ability to successfully stimulate innovation largely comes down to what we call innovation capital, a multifaceted set of features that enable the leader to acquire the human and financial resources needed to effectively Risky and new idea and turn it into an innovation with impact & # 39 ;, Forbes explains in an article that is shared after the list.
Critics, however, pointed out that these sets of data points should educate Forbes staff about the gender preference found in CEOs in America.
Currently, women represent only 5 percent of CEOs in the S&P 500, reducing their chances of narrowing down a list of these specific characteristics.
& # 39; At first I thought they might have a men's and women's list & # 39 ;, tweet Nextdoor CEO Sarah Friar after the release of the rankings.
Frustrated: investment collective company # Angels shared the Forbes list on its Twitter page and called it a & # 39; shame & # 39;
Not good: people online were shocked. Forbes would consider printing a list about & # 39; innovative & # 39; leaders and only one woman
Poor appearance: the publication received a number of criticisms online after the publication of the list on Friday
Repair this! Author Anand Girdharadas noted that two Stanleys were on the list, which means that the Stanleys exceeded the number of women
Sarcastic: most people thought there was a clear error in the way Forbes decided to select the 100 people for his list
Author Anand Giridharadas noted a sad fact about the list and wrote: On the @ Forbes list of 100 "Most Innovative Leaders of America", there are twice as many men named Stanley than women with a random name. And there are only two Stanleys.
& # 39; That's right: 99 of America's 100 most innovative leaders are men, says @Forbes. & # 39;
Another person wrote: & # 39; So grateful to @Forbes for finding 1 woman and 99 men (sarcasm). Women certainly miss the & # 39; innovative & # 39; with their little non-innovative brain and stuff. & # 39;
Perhaps one of the most destructive reviews of the list came from journalist Moira Forbes, publisher of ForbesWomen and great-granddaughter of B.C. Forbes who founded the publication.
& # 39; As someone who has dedicated her career to removing systemic barriers for women at all levels, I was also discouraged when I read our list of & # 39; America & # 39; s most innovative leaders & # 39 ;, she wrote in a tweet.
Included with the tweet was her own opinion piece about the main issues with the most recent list published by Forbes.
Discouraged: Moira Forbes, publisher of ForbesWomen and great-granddaughter of founder B.C. Forbes, also expressed her disappointment in the list online
Shameful: a problem that people with the list had was that no one in Forbes thought it was a problem to include 99 of the 100 men
Hit back: there were people who challenged the idea that women deserved to be on the list, but people quickly pointed to other female innovative leaders in America
She wrote: & # 39; Rather than highlighting the most dynamic minds in business, it perpetuated harmful and misleading stereotypes. & # 39;
People online had their own suggestions from women who, according to them, deserved a place on the list of innovative leaders. Suggestions included IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki and Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson.
There was so much backlash in the list that Forbes Chief Content Officer forced Randall Lane to address the situation on Monday.
& # 39; We've ruined it, & # 39; he wrote in a tweet. & # 39; Now we do what journalists do: find out how this happened and learn from it. & # 39;
A opinion piece released by Lane revealed that the method to compile the list & # 39; defective & # 39; used to be. This inspired him to start a task force in the publication to prevent future supervisory activities from taking place.
& # 39; As we all know, women are poorly represented in the top of the largest companies (only 5% of the S&P 500) and are even worse at growing public technology companies. In other words, for all of our carefully calibrated methodology, women have never had much opportunity here & # 39 ;, he wrote.
Lane never discussed why Rentler, the only woman on the list, did not include her photo in the article like the other male & # 39; innovative leaders & # 39 ;.
The list is still on the Forbes site, but the publication has vowed to use a task force to investigate the problem and prevent it from happening in the future.
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