'Utterly frustrating': IMF’s Lagarde dismayed over protectionism tearing down free trade she helped build
Before #MeToo, and before Canada elected the rich world’s first openly feminist prime minister, there was a quieter gender revolution within the global establishment.
In 2011, the PhD economists at the International Monetary Fund found themselves working for Christine Lagarde, the former French finance minister. Some of them sniffed at her credentials; she was a lawyer and a politician, not a master of the dismal science. And it’s fair to assume that a few dismissed her because of her gender; the staff of the IMF, like the economics profession generally, was overwhelmingly male.
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