Monday, May 05, 2008

Looking for a Few Good Women

The Wall Street Journal in its quest for innovation and motivation gurus produces this list of the Top Twenty Most Influential Business Thinkers.

While I'm happy to see Thomas L. Friedman up there, and a nice mix of academicians and psychologists along with traditional names from the world of business, one huge omission leaps out at me: Where Are the Women?

It's bizarre to me that not a single woman makes this list. Not Zoe Cruz, not Cathleen Black, not Martha Stewart, not even Oprah Winfrey, who has done more for the self-help book than anyone. These are all women who brought new perspective to business, from tapping into new markets, to helping those around them to realize their visions. These women are huge innovators and motivators (well, Cruz, perhaps not so much a motivator), and I think it's silly that the WSJ can't find room for any women on their list.

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