Forbes Screws Up, and Women Will Be Better Off For It

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We want to begin this week by flicking the nose of Forbes magazine, whose recent list of America’s 100 Most Innovative Leaders included only one woman (who apparently lacks a face). This isn’t just tone-deaf; it’s straight-up wrong. We learn from innovative women all the time, in the news, on podcasts, and on our own stage. And so much of what we’ve achieved derives from the friendships we’ve made at conferences like BlogHer, Blissdom, Type A—and our forever besties at Mom 2.0 Summit, who have nurtured us since birth.

You don’t have to look far to see where this all went sideways, because the methodology basically boils down to: 1) are you a CEO? 2) Do many people know you’re a CEO? 3) Do those people think you’ll make them richer? You don’t need to be a chief executive anything to “monetize innovation.” And since the “record high” number of female CEOs in the Fortune 500 is still only 6.6%, maybe expand your study beyond such a restrictive data set. (A woman on the byline couldn’t hurt, either.)

At this point, we want to repeat one of our core convictions: If you believe women should be taken seriously as entrepreneurs, legislators, and executives, it follows that men should be taken seriously as caregivers. If you want to bend the river, it pays to disrupt its current from both shores.

The good news is that, after a swift and sizeable beatdown response, Forbes has acknowledged they screwed up. They’ve resolved to reassess their criteria, and women are more motivated than ever to press for a fair shake. All of which reinforces another core conviction, that the dialogues elevated and accelerated by social media are still the best way to effect the changes we want to see.


Another month of submissions is about to draw to a close, as the Dad 2.020 Call For Speakers and Ideas ends Sunday, September 15, at midnight ET. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been writing for 50 years or five minutes, if you’re a man or a woman or don’t identify as either, if you’re coming to DC or live on the other side of the planet. If you care about the dad(s) in your life, now’s the time to tell us what’s on your mind, pull up your socks, and press SEND.


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