Why employ a woman?

This probably isn’t the type of question that you’d expect the Editor of Vogue – a woman that employs a 90% female team – to be posing. But it is! This article only appeared online this morning and already has almost 200 comments as it’s an issue that always seems to divide people. The main point of the article seems to be: is all the legislation surrounding maternity designed to help women actually doing more harm than good?

It’s a controversial, but very topical, issue. Author Alexandra Shulman raises some good points and it’s quite a brave article to write – as she observed herself: “It’s barely acceptable to write this piece at all – and probably impossible for a man.” She discusses many issues – women expecting to return to their old jobs but working less hours and employers saying that they can promote younger women to take over the jobs for less money. But her main point is this: let’s not make women so difficult to employ that it actually prevents progress.

We could be heading for trouble, as firms – especially SMEs – might think twice about employing women who could at any time announce that they’re taking a year off. So what can we do to make sure this doesn’t happen? The obvious answer seems to be to extend paternity leave. If both men and women were entitled to the same amount of leave, the prospect of employing a woman would be a lot less risky. But as it stands, women get 52 weeks and men get just 2 – for many employers, it’s a no brainer.

What do you think? Leave your thoughts below!

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One Response to “Why employ a woman?”

  1. Melissa Says:

    I think it’s appalling that there is still a boys club in what would a relatively new sector, i.e. Technology. I actually think women are much better with technology because it requires creativity, initiative and being able to anticipate the next step – aspects professional women hold in abundance.

    Women are more pro-active too, for example I have been doing quite a geeky thing and sharpening my IT management skills by using this virtual training game called IT Manager 3: Unseen Forces. It’s really beneficial and I can compete against other guys on my team to see who the best IT manager is. Obviously I reign supreme.


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