differenceWomen and men influence the world in different ways.
The inclusion of women in the corporate workforce over the past half century has coincided with the collapse of strict class structures and the emergence of lateral management.
Difference was considered in the origins of modern culture during the Age of Enlightenment when the Marquis de Condorcet argued in favour of granting women citizenship rights:
"It has been said that, despite a great deal of intelligence and wisdom, as well as the rational abilities of a subtle dialectician, women have never based their conduct on what is called reason."Two centuries later geneticist Anne Moir and journalist David Jessel, in 'Brainsex - The Real Difference Between Men and Women' [1989:5 Mandarin] observed that:
"This is quite untrue. They may never have behaved according to the reason of men; but they do behave according to their own reason."
"By the fault of the laws, their interests are not the same as ours; nor do they consider the same things important. But the fact that they base their conduct on different principles and set themselves different aims does not mean that they are irrational." (1790)
"Men are different from women. They are equal only in their common membership of the same species, humankind. To maintain that they are the same in aptitude, skill or behaviour is to build a society based on a biological and scientific lie. The sexes are different because their brains are different. The brain, the chief administrative and emotional organ of life, is differently constructed in men and in women; it processes information in a different way, which results in different perceptions, priorities and behaviour."
The challenge is to celebrate women's and men's world views with equal rights administration.