It’s not often I’m offended by the Wall Street Journal. (Note to Rupert Murdoch, is this a sign of things to come?) But there was an article in Thursday’s Personal Journal section that was so repulsive, and such a nod to sexist stereotypes, I couldn’t let it pass without comment.
The WSJ helpfully wrote an article called “Want to be CEO? You Have to Dress the Part”. I guess the paper wanted to throwdown with all of the reality makeover shows on tv. In it, “Business-etiquette consultant Ann Marie Sabbath” offers advice for executive job seekers including this little nugget:
“The higher a woman climbs on the corporate ladder, the more light-colored suits she can and should wear (to be less intimidating).”
That little paranthetical gem was hers.
The article also reviewed Hillary Clinton’s outfit in New Hampshire. “In the ultimate job interview, for U.S. President, Hillary Clinton wore a looped red scarf in New Hampshire earlier this week that looked decisive and framed her face, while her dark suit hit that nice-not-loud note that signals we’re supposed to be paying attention to her brain, not her designer."
Phew, I was afraid her dark suit would intimidate.
Funny, I didn’t get the memo that we’ve regressed back to the 1950’s.
The Wall Street Journal should be ashamed. Its readers deserve better.
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