Does sexism still exist?
Arwa Mahdawi, the brilliant Guardian journalist based in New York, wrote the most amusing article entitled “Men are like Muffins”.
It would be really funny if it was not for the fact she was retelling an incident in which an accountancy firm held a training seminar for women where they were told their brains were like pancakes soaking up syrup and hard to focus whereas men’s brains were like waffles with the syrup, and ergo information, collecting in neat little squares. You could not make it up. There will be as many men as women outraged by the blatant sexism and banal untruths spouted by the firm delivering training for EY. This is not happening in the 1950s where you will remember that in Good Housekeeping magazine’s famous tips a wife was never to question her husband, wear ribbons in her hair and have his slippers and supper waiting when he came home amongst other good wife duties. This is in the 21st century in modern industries albeit traditionally male. How can we hope to have equality and what does this mean for our young women entering the workforce?
The good news is that I believe sexism is rare across the majority of industries. Where it exists it does so amongst older and more traditional work places and that will change even if progress seems slow. Already there is equality where there was once not, for example, it is only in the early 1990s that women could be ordained in the Anglican church.
There is a movement called Dads 4 Daughters where men are challenged to think about how they treat women in the workplace and especially young women imploring them to consider how they would feel if undue sexism was being applied against their daughter.
It is not about the absence of boys that makes PHS develop strong independent women but the remarkable presence of girls. We are raising world changers for a changing world.