Sexist Recognition of Distinguished Women

The UK Telegraph feels it necessary to alert its readers about the fact that the first woman chairperson appointed by the BBC Trust is a mother of three. Never mind that she has a distinguished corporate career serving on the boards of multinational companies and in publishing, such as being the Chair and Chief Executive of the Financial Times. This headline would never be used to announce a man in a similar role. It is the same tactic used to diminish distinguished women in other industries, including in science and politics. This is a sexist gambit that undervalues women’s accomplishments, as if it’s only acceptable for a woman to be successful if she is also a mother and a wife. Then she can be criticised for trying “to have it all.”

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