The barriers to female promotion have nothing to do with language

Are women deterred by particular terms, masculine terms, from applying for jobs? Unlikely, says Terry Prone.

THE thing about eternal verities is that some of them shouldn’t be eternal. Like the ambition one. When I started to prepare people for job or promotion interviews, years ago, I discovered quickly that if you asked a job applicant how ambitious they were, the answer was gender-specific. If they were male, they told you. 

If they were female, they faffed around, crimson from their collar bone to the roots of their hair, as if they had been asked how bad their kleptomania was.

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