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    BT Japan

Yoshida climbed the ladder by working abroad at foreign firms that promote women more readily than their counterparts in Japan’s male-dominated business climate. Now back in Japan, she holds a unique position as a prominent female executive who raised a child as a single mother. She’s outspoken about the challenges women face, once comparing their workplace disadvantage to “being chained by the leg.” She has had a bigger megaphone since 2015, when Japan’s powerful business association named her its first female executive.