On Wednesday, The New York Times dismissed executive editor Jill Abramson and replaced her with Dean Baquet, the managing editor. Unusually for a high-profile media outlet making a big change in leadership, the Times didn't attempt to characterize the shift as a mutual decision. The only real question was why Abramson was fired.
Companies rightly want ethnically diverse teams, to reflect the population of the countries that make up their customer base. But governing an ethnically diverse country is not without its challenges. A new study takes a look at the role of gender in successful leadership, and finds that the countries that pull off both economic success and diversity all have one variable in common: a female head of state.