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Firms 'missing out on female talent', WEF report says

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The world's leading firms are failing to make the most of the talents of their female workforce, the World Economic Forum (WEF) has said.

The corporate gender report - the first survey to cover the world's largest employers in 20 countries - says women are still failing to break into senior management.

The report says the US has the highest percentage of female employees, with 52%, while India has the lowest, with just 23%.

Tanya Beckett asked one of the author's of the report, Saadia Zahidi, what motivated the research.

Business Edition with Tanya Becket is broadcast weekdays at 2200 GMT on the BBC World News channel. Find out more information about regional broadcast times here.

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