Women’s Day

Today, March 8th, is International Women’s Day.

In Russia, when I was there, this meant the women from the office would get dressed up, apply makeup, do their hair, and be showered with chocolates and flowers by all the men and after lunch they’d crack open the champagne and get drunk, celebrating the joys of being a woman.

In the west, from what I can tell, a subset of women piss and moan about how terrible it is being a woman and demand their lives are improved at the expense of men. The majority of women carry on as normal.

This morning on the BBC we had a female presenter (the same one I mentioned in this post) say something like this:

“There are reports that women find it harder than men to attract investment from hedge funds and other investors. Which is surprising because many women start their own businesses. They’ve realised that with having a family and taking care of kids they can’t have a full career in a big company, so they start up on their own to get the work-life balance they want.”

I’m trying to think of something more damaging to the campaign for women to be taken more seriously in the workplace than having a female presenter come out with that on national television. Her guest, another woman, wholeheartedly agreed.

I miss Russia.

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11 thoughts on “Women’s Day

  1. and do either of these women actually run a real business? Or are they Guardian writers/quango operatives or maybe working for the sort of business that depends 100% on the state?

    How does someone think that without finishing it with “Oh, wait a minute, maybe these two things are connected”. The fact is most women start micro businesses. They put some savings into kitting out a cafe or a hair salon. They don’t do big investment business. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

    Almost no-one gets funding from hedge funds. I doubt the speaker knows what a hedge fund is. It’s just lefty shorthand for “evil capitalists”. If you run a small business you either go to the bank if you have some assets that can be sold off or to venture capitalists. Hedge funds invest in existing investments on the market.

    And the other problem is that women just won’t put in the dedication and live the startup life. They won’t live like pigs and work 16 hour days.

  2. and do either of these women actually run a real business?

    I expect most of those she is talking about do a hobby which brings in a little pocket money, while hubby’s salary pays the mortgage and all the other expenses.

    They put some savings into kitting out a cafe or a hair salon. They don’t do big investment business. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

    Exactly, I know a few women who do this, good for them.

  3. “There are reports that women find it harder than men to attract investment from hedge funds and other investors. Which is surprising because many women start their own businesses.”

    “…they start up on their own to get the work-life balance they want.”

    Who would invest any serious cash in a start-up that was only founded because the founders wanted to work fewer hours?!

  4. Who would invest any serious cash in a start-up that was only founded because the founders wanted to work fewer hours?!

    Precisely.

  5. Like the studies on overwork.

    In some jobs men, on the same pay earn more because they work more hours.

    Radical feminist reply? Don’t let them. Seriously.

    That’s the way to run a world.

  6. “There are reports that women find it harder than men to attract investment from hedge funds and other investors

    But under no circumstances must you ever suggest that modern feminism is exclusively an upper middle-class concern, dedicated to replacing the half of the “one percent” who are male with the half of the “one percent” who are female.

  7. Most venture capital investments fail. They invest hoping for the odd big payout. Did this presenter ever stop and think why someone facing such long odds would make those odds even longer simply by discriminating against women? How paranoid and irrational do you have to be to think like that?

  8. Yes, absolutely. I miss this day greatly. March 8 was one of my favorite days in Russia. And it never felt fake. Glad you brought it up. I have very fond memories.

  9. And it never felt fake.

    Oh hell no, the women in our office would go wild, especially those over 40 with a husband and kids. It was fun to watch.

  10. Anon

    “Almost no-one gets funding from hedge funds.”

    I think the ‘Almost’ is redundant there.

    Well, apart from the hairdressers, personal trainers, dressmakers, interior designers, etc., etc, that the hedge funder’s wives will spend their money on.

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