The Debate asked why women in a range of sectors are still not getting the top jobs. During economic downturns, are women less likely to get those jobs, or are they just less visible when there? If so, what signals are being sent about our most powerful and influential institutions? Are women eschewing top jobs for a multitude of reasons – and perhaps deriving empowerment and satisfaction in doing so? This punchy and polemical debate brought together a range of key female opinions drawn from the academic, cultural and business sectors. The debate was a collaboration between the British Academy and The Cultural Capital Exchange’s Inside Out Festival.