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Leonid Bershidsky

Why Women CEOs Get Fired More Often

Women chief executives are forced out more often than men because of the "glass cliff" effect: They are more often appointed to handle crises.
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer. Photographer: Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer. Photographer: Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images

The consulting company Strategy& (formerly Booz & Co.) has found, after a study of corporate leadership transitions, that female chief executives get forced out of office more often than men.

To be exact: Over the past 10 years, 38 percent of female chief executives of the world's 2,500 biggest public companies were fired, compared to 27 percent of their male counterparts.