The following is an excerpt from Emily Peck | Huffingtonpost.com | July 8, 2017 |
Ashton Kutcher certainly means well, but his recent attempt to talk about gender equality at work didn’t go quite as the 39-year-old actor and investor likely hoped.
Kutcher, who’s made a name for himself in the elite, male-dominated world of venture capital investing, announced Thursday on LinkedIn that he and his partner at the VC firm he founded, Sound Ventures, plan to host an “open dialogue” on gender equality in the workplace and the tech industry. So far, so good.
Unfortunately, Kutcher then added a list of questions that inadvertently illustrate why it’s so difficult to achieve gender equality in the workplace.
“This is grossly offensive,” one marketing manager commented in response.
Many of the questions make certain assumptions about women that are grounded in stereotypes, including the misguided notions that women somehow have sub-par business ideas and that the only reason there aren’t more females in tech is because they’re not interested in the subject matter.
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