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Do activist investors target women CEOs? The New York Times’ Dealbook points out that only 23 companies in the S&P 500 are led by women, but a quarter of those are being targeted by activist investors. The investors deny any gender bias, and most of the CEOs refused any comment, but one said, “You’re onto something.”
The Times cites research by Yale SOM’s Victoria Brescoll showing that female leaders are perceived negatively, by both male and female listeners, when they talk as much as male peers.
Last year, Brescoll and Prof. Jeffrey Sonnenfeld wrote an op-ed about the bias and discrimination that persist for powerful women in corporate America.