Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

FErret: Fe News

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

FErret: Fe News

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Women, eh? There's no pleasing them

How did you celebrate International Women's Day? Perhaps by saying, "Why isn't there an international men's day?" (There is, it's in November.)

However you did it, you can't have done a more spectacular job than Angus College in Scotland. The college was planning to mark the day by giving female staff a red rose, because "all women like a bit of romance". But lecturer - and suspected joyless feminist - Cherry Hopton objected, as if introducing patronising sexist stereotypes somehow demeaned an event celebrating more than a century of political activism that brought women the right to work, vote and hold public office.

Her union reports that when she refused to attend a meeting to discuss her objections with HR unless she had prior notice and a union representative, she was suspended. Some might argue that it looks bad to send a female member of staff home for International Women's Day. But FErret suggests that the college argues that it was merely taking a first step in making the day a national holiday. …

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