When world political and business leaders gather these days, trade, globalization and Brexit dominate the discussions, and the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum held last week was no exception.

But with many female executives present at the meeting at a ski resort nestled among snow-capped mountains in Davos, gender equality also stirred up passionate discussions, reminding many that, even in 2019, parity is still far from reach.

The number of female CEOs of Fortune 500 companies actually shrank to 24 in 2018 from 32 in 2017, representing a 25 percent decrease.