This Company Said Women Employees Have Smaller Brains, Asked Them To Act Nicely Around Men

Ernst & Young, one of the top accounting firms of the world, is under the public eye for a very controversial training program they had conducted for female employees of the company.

According to a report by News18, 30 women employees of the company had been given a leadership training program called Power-Presence-Purpose or PPP consisting of a 55-page presentation instructing them on how to dress, behave, and speak to fit into a male-dominated company. The training program was misogynistic, regressive, and downright sexist, to say the least.

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The 55-page presentation was handed over to a HuffPost employee who in a report mentioned the appalling instructions that were expected of women to follow in the company. Some of them include:

  1. Don’t flaunt your body because sexuality “scrambled” the minds of men and women.
  2. Women should have a “polished” appearance – manicured nails, nicely cut hair, well-cut attire that complements the body type, etc.
  3. Don’t show skin.
  4. “Speak briefly” because women often “ramble” and “miss the point”. They should also consider “wait(ing) for their turn to speak”.
  5. Women are not to “confront men in meetings”. Instead, speak to them in private.
  6. Sit across men without crossed legs.
  7. Do not speak to men “face-to-face” as it might “threaten them”.

These briefly described points are some of the many regressive instructions mentioned for women.

According to the HuffPost report, the employees were given a “Masculine/Feminine Score Sheet” and were asked to rate their adherence to stereotypical masculine and feminine characteristics both on the job and outside the office. While the masculine traits included points like “Acts as a Leader”, “Strong Personality”, “Willing to take a stand”, “Analytical”, etc. the feminine traits included “Affectionate”, “Childlike”, “Loves Children”, “Cheerful”, “Affectionate”, etc.

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Another aspect of the seminar which has sparked massive outrage online was how it reportedly focused on the information of how a woman’s brain is 6-11% smaller than a man’s brain. This is what was said:

“Women’s brains absorb information like pancakes soak up syrup so it’s hard for them to focus. Men’s brains are more like waffles. They’re better able to focus because the information collects in each little waffle square.”

Women and men alike have been outraged at the seminar, which allegedly took place on June 2018 – a time when #MeToo was creating waves online.

After facing backlash, Ernst & Young clarified how they don’t use this version of the presentations for seminars anymore and that the “training was hosted by an external vendor”, reported Business Insider.

It is shocking how one of the big names in the corporate world are imposing regressive stereotypes on women and basically suggesting them ways on how to please the men around them. This is absolutely unacceptable!

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