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Women ‘don’t have the ambition to go right to the top’

He might not have a child, but is this Mr. Agnew's wife?

He might not have a child, but is this Mr. Agnew’s wife?

Another day, another UKIP gaffe. This time, UKIP MEP for the East of England, Stuart Agnew claimed that women don’t have the drive to get to the top in the business world. His evidence for this wild assertion is that women always choose to have babies. These babies then ‘changes their lives and ambition’.

Mr. Agnew went on to say that ‘those females who really want to get to the top do so.’ Not that he would know as he has ‘never had a baby’. This cringeworthy speech came in a debate in the European Parliament about gender quotas in the workplace, left other MEPs shuffling pens and paper nervously as they can see Mr. Agnew’s political career falling off a cliff. Labour MEP Mary Honeyball described Agnew’s comments as both ‘staggering’ and ‘totally incoherent’.

He obviously has never heard of Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook with two children, who enjoys what she describes as a “shared earning/parenting” marriage with her husband. He’s also obviously never heard of Indra Nooyi, Christine Lagarde, Irene Rosenfeld, Jill Abramson and Georgina Rinehart who have fourteen children between them, or Claire Barrett who was named Britain’s inspirational business mum of the year in September.


Do you think that being a parent restricts the ability to succeed? Is it just another glass ceiling?

Tom Fogden (2 Posts)