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Wednesday, 1 August 2018

The FT is confused about how women should act in the work force

Trading can be one of the best career options for women because results, not gender, are what determine success, Nurhayati Mohd Noor writes for the Financial Times. Noor acquiesces that the profession is decidedly dominated by males and that they tend to look for employees with character traits that are typically attributed to men, but points out that there is no single trait that will determine success. “What matters is results and, in trading, the results are immediate and measurable. Women can rise quickly inside trading firms because once you show that you can generate profits, your pay will probably be equalised with that of your male colleagues.”

Please, Ft, quit while you’re ahead: While Noor encourages women to let their skills speak for themselves, Sarah Cooper suggests that women have to hide any talents they have with tasks that are stereotypically assigned to women to avoid getting stuck with these tasks at the expense of their actual professional responsibilities. Cooper argues that gender discrimination in task assignments is unacceptable, but we take issue with the argument that women need to hide their skills and capabilities (whatever they may be) to circumvent a manager’s sexism, rather than speak out against said sexism.

Perhaps the most infuriatingly demeaning part of Cooper’s piece, however, is the suggestion that women are intrinsically programmed to perform these tasks and that they must exercise restraint to “[suppress] every instinct you have ever had” to “nourish, feed, or clean up after your co-workers, or yourself.”

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