Jack Welch is Right
The Wall Street Journal recently hosted a forum on Women in the Economy. The event was attended by Women executives in which the conference centered around the role of women in the work place and how to eliminate cultural barriers to women advancing in the work place.
During the forum Jack Welch pointed out that if women want to get ahead in business they should over deliver. Performance is it, Welch remarked. Not surprisingly, after Jack and his wife Suzy made their comments, there was a very negative reaction on the part of audience members. One audience member stated that while she agreed with Jack Welch’s sentiments, she went on to state: But we can all do more to help people understand their unconscious biases. Another attendee stated that the meritocracy Welch spoke of was fiction and that his mentality resulted in the single biggest obstacle to women’s advancement. A woman board member who was in the audience commented that Jack Welch’s advice was not tailored to how women can attain parity in today’s male-dominated workplace.
All of these comments, including the reaction from the audience, is attributable to the influence of feminism (which is an extension of multiculturalism) in the work place. Like multiculturalism, feminism rejects objectivity in favor of groups in this case gender. Women are cast as being victims of male oppression in which and are declared to fail to obtain jobs and promotions only because of their sex but regardless if a woman is qualified for employment or not. The only oppression committed is on the part of feminists who use legitimate claims of discrimination as a means to mask their true hateful, neurotic, irrational interests and intent which ultimately grounded in hatred of men.
I will never forget the blunt statements of prominent feminists whose comments (to this day) have not been denounced by mainline feminist groups or individuals. Ms. Magazine Editor Robin Morgan is quoted as saying: I feel that ‘man-hating’ is an honourable and viable political act, that the oppressed have a right to class-hatred against the class that is oppressing them. Catherine MacKinnon who said: I want to see a man beaten to a bloody pulp with a high-heel shoved in his mouth, like an apple in the mouth of a pig. As a result of the lack of denunciation of such comments, actress Sharon Stone was prompted to state: The more famous and powerful I get the more power I have to hurt men.
As a whole feminism not only demands that certain qualifications be suspended in order to accommodate women. Feminist’s claims of pursuing justice for women ring hollow since the comments quoted from The Wall Street Journal article demonstrate that many women in business and in other fields of employment want to have their cake and eat it too. They want an easy path to employment with guarantees of jobs and wages which results in wiping out any semblance of who truly deserves to be hired. An employer instead will result in keeping the true reasons for the rejection of an applicant to themselves and look only to satisfy legal requirements.
When Carly Fiorina was head of Hewlett Packard she was kicked out not because she was a woman but the company was doing poorly under her leadership. When HP’s Board of Directors proposed giving department heads more leeway in terms of decision making and she resisted, the Board made moves to kick her out, respectfully. This is not to say discrimination does not occur. But if Carly Fiorina’s situation is any example, when you take a job you are expected by the employer to (at minimum) do what the required tasks are. If you really want to get ahead one must accurately judge their work-life balance and performance and not put the expectation on employers since to do so makes women a liability rather than an asset to a firm.
The straight talk made by Jack and Suzy Welch should be cheered and not jeered. If the comments made by the female executives made at the conference are any indication there is a semblance of entitlement brewing or present among women that has been fostered by the feminist movement. Rather than giving feedback to businesses on how to more accurately or objectively judge women by their qualifications, the feminist movement instead resorts to shackling business with laws geared toward recognition of group rights as well as litigation in the name of pseudo-egalitarian goals. As a result, consentual agreements and free association between parties (male or female) risk being obliterated in the name of an abstract higher concept known as equal rights.
The influence of feminism as such seeks to empower women over men with entitlement based on unrealistic expectations and by threat of force while enabling physical coercion against the existence of others.