After the Glass Ceiling, a Glass Cliff

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Season 7, Episode 30

Only 5 percent of Fortune 500 companies are run by women. Why? Research shows that female executives are more likely to be put in charge of firms that are already in crisis. Are they being set up to fail? (Part of a special series, “The Secret Life of C.E.O.’s.”)

To find out more, check out the podcasts from which this hour was drawn: “After the Glass Ceiling, a Glass Cliff” and “Letting Go.”

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