International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director, Christine Lagarde speaks during a news conference with Argentina's Treasury Minister Nicolas Dujovne, unseen, at the Consulate of Argentina, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
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It might soon be women as a crop of female economists join IMF chief Christine Lagarde in top positions at major financial bodies. As the International Monetary Fund and World Bank meet this week in Bali, Lagarde no longer cuts quite the same lone figure she once did, now flanked by growing numbers of female finance ministers and economists.The IMF has just named Gita Gopinath to replace its outgoing chief economist Maurice Obstfeld, making her the first woman to hold the post.Gopinath is only the latest woman to be appointed to a top economic role, with the World Bank in April naming Yale professor Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg its chief economist.Women have held top positions in the central banks of South Africa and Israel, among others, and Janet Yellen headed the U.S. Federal Reserve under president Barack Obama, making her one of the most influential figures in the world of monetary policy.
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