Am I the only one shocked by a recent article in which an Australian executive coach suggested women on their period are "psychotic" and should not make tough decisions without counsel?
Luckily, thanks to the backlash, the original post was taken down, but you can find a blog which explains some of the comments she made, right here. Be prepared for a giggle.
It strikes me as ironic however, that as far back as 1895, women in South Australia had actually obtained the right to vote and to stand for parliament, so even then the Australians believed women were deemed "ok" to be in a leadership position.
Sarah Macarthur-King's view is extreme in nature, and not that of the majority. This was backed up by the countless replies by people disagreeing with her view. However, it made me think that if these types of conversations are still being had, are women being hindered in their progress due to the very fact that as a female we are always going to have these issues? If this is the case, then such a bias will always remain.
I'm no "feminist" but I truly had hoped that in this day and age these discussions would be a matter for light-hearted comment about the past, not a reflection of the present.
What are your thoughts on the matter? Have you personally seen a bias when recruiting for a leadership role?
As a side note, while researching the dates for this article, I came across some fascinating studies, one of which explains the historical meaning behind the word "hysterical" which translates loosely as "madness of the womb" believed to be solely a female complaint. This was a medical treatise called "Trotula" in the 15th century, however!