The above picture featuring just two women tells it all on the representation of women in global leadership: we’re just not seeing enough long-lasting change.
It’s the lowest number of women represented since the G20 started holding summits in 2008.
Sure the above is missing German Chancellor Angela Merkel — who was present at the G20 Summit in Argentina but due to complications with her flight missed the ‘family photo’ — but even Merkel bringing the number of women up to three couldn’t have made this look much better. The last time just three women were featured was in 2010.
Only British prime minister Theresa May and International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde have been captured in the above.
Whether May can hold on to the leadership of her party into next year means we could be soon be seeing even fewer women represented. Merkel has a few more years, she’s stepping down in 2021.
The highest ever number of women pictured in the leaders photo is still only five, occurring in 2012 and 2013. There were four women featured in 2017, including Merkel, May, Lagarde and Norwegian PM Erna Solberg. In 2008, May was featured along with Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.
The above is particularly cutting when you consider the below video, capturing the moment Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman high-fived each other and shared a joke. Both leaders are also captured in the above photo, although the prince was apparently “sidelined” during the process and quickly left the stage without shaking hands or talking with other leaders.