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Story Picks: Ladies, Just When You Thought it was Safe (Sort of anyway) in the Water

For all of you who missed this from the Wall Street Journal’s blog on international business, The Source, read on: Andrea Hotter writes about Simon Murray, the 71-year-old newly appointed chairman of Glencore International AG. Murray admits that while women are “just as intelligent” as men, they make risky hires because they get married and have babies.

Murray: “They have a tendency not to be so involved quite often and they’re not so ambitious in business as men because they’ve got better things to do. Quite often they like bringing up their children and all sorts of other things”

Ready to scream yet? No? Well then. Check out the comments to the story.

A poster named Jungle wrote: “We can do with more Simon Murray(s) in this World. Political correctness my backside – why the hell can’t people say what they think … and in fact what most everybody else is thinking but not saying.”

Well Mr. Jungle, Why the hell can’t we figure out how men and women can both work and raise their families together? In the meantime, such attitudes might help explain why women-owned business entrepreneurs are among the fastest-growing segment of the economy...

Brigid Schulte writes about Good-Life: work-life issues, time, productivity, gender and income inequality. She is the author of the bestselling Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play when No One has Time.


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