Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Women can be on top... as long as they're attractive  

Although women make up over half of America's labor force, only 12 Fortune 500 companies and 25 Fortune 1000 companies have women CEOs or presidents. To truly break through the "glass ceiling," we must abolish discrimination and sexist stereotypes that cause people to think that women are not as "capable" as men.

What's NOT the way to do that? I'll take featuring in Playboy the few women CEOs that do exist, Alex.

America's Sexiest CEOs is the article, and it consists of "beautiful women in charge of companies large and small; women whose good looks and savvy business acumen add a bit of sunshine to an otherwise gloomy economic forecast." I'm all for honoring female CEOs as strong, capable, intelligent women, but why are their "good looks" a factor? And indeed, the women featured in this article are all, by society's definition, attractive, and for the most part, white.

Not a good way to gain more credibility for women.

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3 comments: to “ Women can be on top... as long as they're attractive

  • May 6, 2009 at 11:01 AM  

    Companies with female CEOs LOSE MONEY. Investors have figured it out and stop buying shares because its a loser company. Companies with a female majority on the BOD also LOSE MONEY.

    The corporate headquarters is not the ladies gossip club. It is a demanding job where only hard headed aggressive manly management will succeed. Good looks are no substitute for good management.

    From the factory floor to the corporate headquarters, females are not as good employees as men. They are a disaster in management and as employees often cost the company more than they produce.

  • May 6, 2009 at 11:42 PM  

    I was going to respond to that with a rather angry comment... but then I read "manly management" and laughed. I think I'll get back to my ladies gossip club now! Oh, and once I force my ignorant lady brain to learn how to read, you can send me some real statistics proving the claim that females are big losers who can't be CEOs. Thanks!

  • May 7, 2009 at 3:31 PM  

    It's so true, Leslie. Us womenfolk just cannot keep up with the crazy working world. It's too much!

    Of course... if what Bob is saying were actually true, there wouldn't be ANY female CEOs heading fortune 500 companies. However, there are, and since they're fortune 500s, I'd say they're doing quite well.