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Women’s growing role at Davos

Liz Claman made the leap to financial news after leaving Boston’s WHDH-TV (Channel 7) to join CNBC in 1998. She is now an anchor at Fox Business Network. She recently returned from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland — where, in the past, she has found herself the only woman in the room. In 2012, for the second year in a row, the forum set a quota to ensure women were represented. Claman spoke with Globe correspondent Kara Miller about women’s progress in the business world.

In Davos last year, all the corporate partners had to make sure at least one of their five representatives was a woman. How do you feel about this? They just weren’t getting a lot of female participants, which is odd because women have gotten bigger and bigger in business and in world leadership. So, they thought maybe they’d give a nudge to some of the corporate partners. What they had back in 2002 was 9 percent female participation, and that’s pretty skimpy. So by last year, in part because of the quota, they got up to about 16 percent, and this year they’ll be up to about 17 percent. So, incrementally, they’re moving along and they’re improving.

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