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Women entrepreneurs get ahead faster in Portugal

Portugal · Jan 24, 2019 · By Gareth Gardiner Jones

Still a long way to go for equality, but female founders in Portugal have made significant headstarts as tech innovators

When the #MeToo campaign went viral in October 2018, many women around the world stood forward, as individuals or together, to speak out against the longstanding issues of sexual harassment and inequality at work. At the forefront of this was what is now known as "Twitter feminism," as crowds (including men tweeting in solidarity) turned the social media platform into the center stage for their #MeToo complaints and protests.

The tech sector, it turns out – while often seen as an oasis of progressiveness in many aspects – has been failing women too in respect of equality, with performance indicators showing female employees and startup founders lagging behind their male peers across the board.

According to 2016's Mortimer Spinks and Computer Weekly Women in Technology report, which is the last major survey on women in tech worldwide, only 20% of senior tech positions are held by women – exactly the same percentage as that of women in corporate senior management roles, World Bank data issued last year show.

Edited by Bernice Tang and Suzanne Soh

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