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Sturgeon holds talks with IMF chief

Scotland's first female first minister has urged the "sixth most powerful woman in the world" to help her increase female participation in the economy and in business.

Nicola Sturgeon met Christine Lagarde, the first woman to lead the International Monetary Fund (IMF), in Washington DC to discuss the Scottish Government's approach to tackling inequality.

Ms Sturgeon was joined by another leading lady, Scottish Enterprise chief executive Lena Wilson, and the Scottish Government's chief economist Gary Gillespie.

A spokesman for the First Minister said: "The First Minister had a productive discussion with Christine Lagarde on the current position of the Scottish economy and the Scottish Government's approach to increasing competitiveness and tackling inequality.

"The First Minister and Ms Lagarde also discussed the shared interest between Scotland and the IMF in increasing female participation in the economy and improving the representation of women at all levels in business."

Ms Sturgeon has made gender equality a key pillar of her government since she was appointed First Minister last year, with her cabinet of five men and five women one of only three gender-balanced cabinets in the developed world.

Ms Lagarde has also been a trailblazer for equality as the first female chairman of elite law firm Baker & McKenzie, the first female finance minister in France and the wider G7, before her appointment to the top of the IMF in 2011.

Forbes magazine currently ranks Ms Lagarde as the sixth most powerful woman in the world.


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