More women are shattering glass ceilings and strolling into the C-suite, but the advancement of women in the workplace is reflected oddly in a search of Google images. Google “CEO” and then scroll through the results while looking out for the first image of a woman CEO that turns up. Could it be Pepsi’s Indra Nooyi, General Motors’ Mary T. Barra, or Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer? Why yes, it certainly could be — but it isn’t. Scroll down, down, down, and the first “woman” you’ll see amid a sea of men in suits is … Barbie! To add insult to injury, the image is 10 years old, and it’s linked to a satirical article from “The Onion” titled, “CEO Barbie Criticized for Promoting Unrealistic Career Images.” “In Google Images’ results for CEO only 11 percent of the results returned were women despite the fact that 27 percent of CEOs in the U.S. are female,” Business Insider’s Taylor Lorenz pointed out. Although CEO Barbie is inspiring, she’s certainly not more realistic and inspiring than real-life actual woman CEOs like HP’s Meg Whitman or HTC’s Cher Wang. But, at least now we know how Barbie can afford that Dream House.
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