On the front page the London Times on Wednesday, I noted that Teresa May (the UK Prime Minister) arrived for a major meeting on Brexit wearing “a £1,190 Vivienne Westwood suit for the occasion”. As this article was on the front page of one of the world’s most prestigious newspapers, I suddenly became aware how important it must be to let people know what you are wearing – funny, I always thought that people in business and politics were judged by their ability to deliver value to stakeholders; seems I was wrong all along. So I’ve decided to use this article to put things right. Yesterday, I was wearing a pair of chinos (Marks and Spencer £40), a Charles Tyrwhitt shirt (a bargain as I bought four for £100) and a crew neck sweater from Crew Clothing (£55). I hope that impresses people, although, as I write this article, I’ve had it suggested, that this doesn’t apply to men – it seems that it is only important to make comments about the clothes that women wear.
I’m sure you understand the point that I’m trying to make. At a time when we should be taking steps to address the inequality that still exists in the workplace and the boardroom, crass articles, like the one in the Times, merely continue to perpetuate gender stereotypes. I was hoping, that in 2017, we had moved on from this. On this exact topic, I should point out that my colleague, Jane Spillman is currently putting together an article about the steps the Life Science industry is taking to increase the number of women in senior leadership positions. Please look out for it.
I’m sure Jane will be wearing a Versace dress!