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The argument for a woman to lead Microsoft

All four people charged with finding Microsoft a new CEO are men. All but two of its nine board members are men, and nearly 80 percent of its U.S. employees are male. The only two CEOs in Microsoft’s history, Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, have been men.

Microsoft’s gender imbalance — skewed, but standard for the technology industry — suggests there’s plenty of room for more female leaders at the top of the world’s third most-valuable tech firm. So when Ballmer, Microsoft’s current CEO, resigns next year, what’s the likelihood a woman might get the top job?

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