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The case for more women in business

Although women make up 50% of the population, at senior management and board levels men outnumber women by a ration of roughly 10 to 1.

However, there is now a growing body of opinion suggesting that more women should be appointed to senior positions, not because they have been unfairly treated in the past, but because the different perspectives they offer are becoming increasingly important to western businesses.

Various commentators and authors have argued that we are emerging from an era in which left-brained logical thinking dominated, into an age in which a more emotional, empathetic and caring approach is of increasing importance. If this is so then women, who the eminent Cambridge psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen said are "hard-wired for empathy", should have an advantage over their male colleagues.

In this article we look at both the argument and the evidence to support the case for more women in business. More...

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Curvy women are more intelligent

Believe it or not, scientists in California (where else!) have concluded that men are attracted to women with an hourglass figure because they are likely to be more intelligent and produce more intelligent offspring than less curvy women.

However, rather than pursuing this fascinating research in the obvious direction, they then started looking at the impact certain types of fatty acids have on brain development - scientists eh?

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Curvy women

Use it or lose it

Studies have found that education helps develop a person's "cognitive reserve" and that the greater your cognitive reserve, the less likely you are to suffer from dementia. Does this mean that clever people are less likely to get dementia? More...

Book review - "The Essential Difference"

Simon Baron-Cohen is Professor of Developmental Psychopathology at the University of Cambridge and an expert in the differences between male and female brains. More...

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