Well why aren\’t women running the world Ms. Bunting?

Time for a reckoning. It\’s roughly my generation that is failing to break through into the top jobs. Women in their 40s and 50s who could now be running the country but aren\’t, according to the Equality and Human Rights Commission\’s report Sex and Power. Its analysis is that it\’s a case of discrimination – direct and indirect. Motherhood and domestic responsibilities still exact a steep penalty. I feel like I\’m back on the school hockey pitch (I was useless) with my PE teacher urging me to make a bit more of an effort and get stuck in.

Rilly?

Oh my.

Madeleine Bunting has decided to resign as Director of Demos. Since it has emerged that her vision for Demos is incompatible with that of the trustees, she has decided to focus on her interests as a writer and a thinker at this point in her career. She will resume her regular column in the Guardian and her position as Associate Editor, and has agreed a book contract with the publishers Granta, on the future of the countryside.

8 thoughts on “Well why aren\’t women running the world Ms. Bunting?”

  1. >Madeleine Bunting has decided to resign as Director of Demos

    Good, she can get back to cooking and cleaning, where she might demonstrate some proficiency.

  2. “I feel like I’m back on the school hockey pitch (I was useless)”: well co-ordinated people don’t work for the Guardian.

  3. “with my PE teacher urging me to make a bit more of an effort”
    THAT is the point. She expects women to be running the country without having to put in the effort.
    I never failed to put in effort at school sports just because I wasn’t good at them.
    “Sex and power” says: “Studies have shown that outdated working patterns where long hours are the norm, inflexible organisations and the unequal division of domestic responsibilities are major barriers to women’s participation in positions of authority. ”
    Too few competent women want to work the hours demanded of a CEO. So there aren’t many female CEOs. Of course that is discrimination, just as demanding numeracy of a candidate for the job as a maths is discrimination, or choosing Ian Bell to open for England, just because he’s good at scoring runs in Test matches.

  4. Please read “teacher” after “maths”
    Another example of good discrimination is not hiring me as a typist!

  5. >Since it has emerged that her vision for Demos is incompatible with that of the trustees, she has decided to focus on her interests as a writer and a thinker at this point in her career.

    Judging by the above she should probably put a lot more focus on the thinking…

  6. What women like Maddy Bunting and Polly Toynbee and Laurie Penny and Julie Bindel and the oh-so-amusing ‘Bidisha’ mean when they ask, “why aren’t women running the world?” is, “why aren’t I running the world?

  7. I have no speciall knowledge of this. But if this posting has any truth to it, I doubt sexism comes into it:

    http://cedarlounge.wordpress.com/2006/10/20/god-moves-in-mysterious-ways-welcome-back-madeleine-bunting/

    It seems Demos, which would surely need someone objective as head, selected someone with strong views on the role of religions in the world. I don’t know what her views are, and suspect I might be sympathetic, but given the number of intolerant atheists on the Left, I’m not to surprised.

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