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Twitter and the Fed: For Women, One Step Forward, One Back

At the Fed, Janet Yellen's nomination is an inspiration for women. At Twitter, the company has been criticized for its all male board
Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter, speaks at the TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2013 conference in San Francisco
Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter, speaks at the TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2013 conference in San FranciscoPhotograph by David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

With her recent presidential nomination to chair the Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen moves into once-unthinkable territory for women. As the first female head in the 100-year history of the Fed, Yellen gains a truly inspirational role and one for which she is infinitely qualified.

On the other end of the spectrum is Twitter. The company’s initial public offering focused attention to its all-male board of directors, a fact downplayed by Chief Executive Officer Dick Costolo when he made the statement, “It’s more than checking a box.”