Let’s stop saying ‘women bring empathy to the workplace’. How about grit, bravery and mastery?

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Forbes ranks Angela Merkel, who became the first female Chancellor of Germany in 2005, fourth among the most powerful people in the world. She secures the spot ahead of Pope Francis, Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos, among others.

The next woman on the list is former UK prime minister Theresa May who takes the 14th spot.

We could go into the politics of why such lists are often made up of men, despite us being on a planet that reportedly has more women than men. That's a topic that's been discussed mainly with little effect on changing mindsets that assume, among other things, women bring softer skills to the workplace - and little else.

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