Women are largely under-represented in governments and at the top of big businesses around the world. Could the answer be as simple as a 'concrete floor' created by those with the power to change things?
Critics were quick to notice the irony of a bill on abortion funding being signed by US President Donald Trump as he sat at a desk surrounded by men.
The sense that women are too often cut out of such political decisions prompts scrutiny of the gender of new ministers. And there is frustration when male business leaders claim their female colleagues "don't want" to be on the board.
Often, it is thought quotas are the best way to improve gender equality, but a study of ministerial appointments to governments in seven countries suggests a personal pledge by those in charge may be more important
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