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When women are in charge

20/09/2009

 

Synopsis

"What would have happened if Lehman Brothers had been Lehman Sisters?" Would the American investment company have gone under in the same way? If women had been in charge, would they have made the same mistakes?

There is, obviously, no answer to this question, but the irony underlying it is present in the minds of some women in positions of power. It reflects their disgruntlement with how business, politics and the world in general are being run according to what they consider to be "male values."

This 30 minuts program begins in Iceland, a country hit hard by the economic crisis, where women are filling positions left vacant in the wake of the economic collapse. Interviewed on the program is Iceland's President, Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, the first democratically-elected female president of a country.

Other women adding their voices to this report include Elena Salgado, Spanish Minister of Economy and Finance; Christine Lagarde, French Minister of Economy; Belén Garijo, Senior Vice President at Sanofi Aventis pharmaceutical company; and Noelia Fernández Arroyo, of Yahoo Europe. These women, all holding high-level political and corporate positions, analyze the difficulties they face in their jobs, what they have had to give up to get where they are, gender stereotypes, competition and power.

Sociologist Alain Touraine, writer Luis Racionero and communications consultant Antoni Gutiérrez-Rubí offer male points of view on this new 21st-century revolution. Women are active in the work force, they constitute the majority of today's university population, and some are now demanding a transfer of power.

 

"What would have happened if Lehman Brothers had been Lehman Sisters?" Would the American investment company have gone under in the same way? If women had been in charge, would they have made the same mistakes?
There is, obviously, no answer to this question, but the irony underlying it is present in the minds of some women in positions of power. It reflects their disgruntlement with how business, politics and the world in general are being run according to what they consider to be "male values."


A report by:
Esther Llauradó, Lourdes Guiteras, Cristina Rivas.

Camera/Photography:
Carles de la Encarnación, Ferran Prat.

Editing:
Oscar López.

Graphic Design:
Esther Febrer.

Documentation:
Mònica Ceide.

 
 
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