Davos WEF
Davos WEF

Davos: More women in 2015–but don’t get excited

Sheryl Sandberg at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Michael Wuertenberg | World Economic Forum

There will be more women at this year's gathering of the global business and politics elite in Davos, after a controversial fall in female delegates in 2014.

Last year, the proportion of female attendees dropped for the first time in the meeting's history, to just 15 percent.

In 2015, according to World Economic Forum (WEF) statistics, 17 percent of participants are women, and although this is nowhere near parity, it does mark a move upwards again.

WEF always includes high-profile women like Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg or Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer as co-chairs during the Davos meeting. This year, Winnie Byanyima, executive director of Oxfam International, and Katherine Garrett-Cox, chief executive of Alliance Trust, are also both co-chairs.