Women everywhere be prepared to take one step backwards from 100 years of progress against gender inequality in the workplace. In a very sad display of male chauvinism, CNN Money recently ran an article about investor Paul Tudor Jones. What was the story about? His candid statement that:
“… you will never see as many great women traders as men”.
Tudor Jones is the founder of Tudor Investment Corporation, a hedge fund company. In 2012, he ranked No. 330 on the list of the world’s wealthiest people with an estimated wealth of $3.4 billion.
So what would make the father of three daughters think such a thing? In one word: Children. Tudor Jones specifically alluded to breastfeeding as being one of the main reasons, citing that “… as soon as that baby’s lips touch that girl’s bosom, forget it.”
Don’t worry men. He’s got something offensive for you too.
In a different discussion, Tudor Jones stated that if you have a male money manager with children is going through a divorce, you should ask for your money back immediately. “You can automatically subtract 10% to 20% from any manager when he is going through a divorce.”
Why Is There Still Gender Inequality in the Workplace?
Obviously I don’t agree with this clown. Billionaire or not, this is a pretty bold thing to put out there. I’m only highlighting these statements for how ridiculous and out of place they are in today’s society where time and time again people of all backgrounds have proven that anything is possible.
Whether the breastfeeding or divorce comment bothers you more, this whole thing hinges on the opinion that you won’t be able to “focus” once important things start happening in your personal life.
So is that why we have gender inequality in the workplace? On the assumption that wives and mothers will always put their children first before their job?
Correct me if I’m wrong, but shouldn’t we all? In this day and age where companies lay people off left and right from professional right down to the layperson, what sense would it make to prioritize a job before your children? It’s my belief that having children is a very personal choice that we all have to make. But once you have them, you better make sure you have your priorities straight and do everything you can to raise them as best as you can.
So does that mean that the act of having kids makes you damaged goods as far as being a productive employee goes? Absolutely not; that’s preposterous. However, unfortunately even in 2013 we still have to deal with people in high positions that make these narrow minded judgments about the extent of our capabilities and ambitions to do well.
So that begs the question: Do our employers have any right to judge us based on what is going on in our personal lives? We would say that they don’t, but as this article points out, they clearly make decisions based on far less than professional opinion. What do you think?
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