I recently received an email invitation that contained a heading with wording similar to that shown in the picture above. It was sent out to a business group that consists of men and women. It was an invitation that made it abundantly clear that only the female members were welcome; it actually had the words “STRICTLY WOMEN” capitalized.
It seems that there are a growing number of “women only” business groups and events that are becoming increasingly popular. I find this rather peculiar. “Why?” you may ask.
For a start, I cannot think of a single business group, convention, meeting, community (online & in-person) that I am, or of which I have ever been a member over the last 20 years or so, that has been anything but welcoming and helpful toward its female members. Most of the time the women have been treated exactly the same as the men. The only difference is that the women usually receive some sort of additional recognition or special mention – for really not doing anything outstanding compared to their male colleagues.
I actually find that rather patronizing to women. It’s almost as if “Hey you did great! …for a woman”. I don’t subscribe to that point of view at all. I have worked with numerous men and women throughout my career and know first-hand that there are equally capable men and women (and equally incompetent) – so why the constant special distinctions for women and the separate “for women only” business groups and events?
I regard this as one of the toxic effects of feminism – its ongoing fostering of victim mentality – that somehow women in our society are being oppressed everywhere, including business, and so our business communities need to provide women with sheltered forums (that exclude men), and special recognition for women in instances where men are present.
I was at a recent business conference. During the keynote speech the male presenter made special mentions of women in business and how he considered them to be “better CEOs” (apparently due to their communication style) and all of their “multitasking abilities“. He went on to subjectively describe several other advantages that women in business apparently have over men. He also implored the women attendees not to feel that this event was in any way some sort of “boy’s club”, that women were very welcome at this event. Throughout the day, other male presenters included similar such mentions in their presentations usually in an awkward or apologist manner. There were several hundred people in attendance and I would estimate that at least 35% were women so I’m not sure where or what this “boy’s club” was that they were referring to – perhaps I didn’t get the memo. Also, one of the female presenters, a well-known and successful business person, concluded her presentation by promoting a women-only business network.
So let’s look at this a little closer. Considering how welcoming business groups and events are toward women, what possible reasons could there be for promoting ‘women-only’ versions of these events instead of those that include both men and women – such as you’ll find in business in the real world.
Possibility 1: These groups are for business women who are intimidated by men.
- In that case, how is an employer supposed to feel about a member of staff who has difficulties with people simply based on gender? Will they be effective co-workers? Will they be able to sell products to a male demographic or effectively market and promote the business if they prefer to avoid men in business? Will they be able to negotiate business deals effectively with men – or will they be intimidated?
Possibility 2: These groups are for business women who have a victim mentality.
- Considering the ever-present myths and propaganda so eagerly spread by feminists, this is no surprise. If women keep hearing that ‘the patriarchy is everywhere and out to undermine and exploit women’ and that there’s an ‘ongoing war against women’ then it’s bound to cause negative psychological issues for a lot of women. What effect would it have on your business to have a staff member who sees sexist conspiracy where there is none? Could it be divisive and affect staff morale? Could you afford expensive, humiliating and time-consuming litigation on false sexism charges and the damage to your personal and business reputation?
Possibility 3: These groups are for business women who actively practice sexism to gain advantage.
- These women seek to build business networks that they know men will not have access to – thereby affording them some sort of special ‘girls club’ advantage. In this case, it’s just plain sexism – the very thing that feminism claims to be fighting against.
There are probably other possibilities but these are likely to be among the main ones.
So, what does go on at these women-only business events and why are men excluded? Would anyone like to share and tell us in the comments section?
I’ll conclude with some quotes from Margaret Thatcher. Regardless of what you may think of her political ideology, there’s no denying that she was a tough, powerful and intelligent woman, the “Iron Lady”, who made it to the top of the ‘old-boys club’ of British politics without the victim mentality of modern feminism to hold her back:
“I owe nothing to women’s lib.“,
Thatcher also said “The feminists hate me, don’t they? And I don’t blame them. For I hate feminism. It is poison.”