Famously, female staffers, who were a minority in the first Obama administration, adopted a strategy called “amplification” to ensure their voices were not ignored. When a woman made a key point, other women would repeat it and reinforce it, giving credit to its author.
Last week at The Reykjavík Global Forum – Women Leaders, this strategy was not needed as the vast majority of the 450 participants – including Presidents, prime ministers, CEOs and leaders from civil society – were women. I found this refreshing, after having been part of other gatherings like the World Economic Forum where still 77% of the participants were male.
It was an extraordinary and energizing experience to be part of such a large and diverse group of women sharing ideas and solutions for the world’s most pressing challenges and the lack of gender equality more specifically.
My 18-year-old self would have been surprised.