Posts Tagged ‘French’

“The Old Boys Club”

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

In recent days there has been much news about the arrogance of French men and their treatment of women. The most celebrated case occurred in New York where a Frenchman, the former Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) resigned amid rape charges while in France the Junior Minister for Civil Service resigned after being charged with sexual harassment. Now it seems that more women are speaking out in France against “the Old Boys Club” environment that has kept women in their place, subjecting them to sexual harassment and limiting their advancement.

In the mid 1970’s after becoming president of our company’s international division I was unhappy with the performance of our French subsidiary and appointed myself as its president. As I delved into the company’s performance it was clear that certain changes had to be made, including a restructuring of organizational responsibilities and the reassignment of personnel based on merit as opposed to their longevity with the company. One of those changes called for the establishment of a new division and the appointment of the most qualified person to run it—who just happened to be a woman. (more…)