Row over boardroom beauty isn’t helping the feminist cause

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Row over boardroom beauty isn’t helping the feminist cause

While we debate the benefits of being attractive at work, no one is fretting about strategic levels of masculine allure

Hannah Betts

A retired head teacher of one of Britain’s most go-getting girls’ schools has stirred up a hornets’ nest by suggesting that beauty is a winning weapon in the boardroom.

Clarissa Farr, high mistress of St Paul’s Girls’ School until 2017, suggested that good looks can give female bosses an authority they might otherwise be considered to lack.

“When you Google the word CEO, the images are all white men with grey hair,” Farr remarked over the weekend. “Our idea of authority is still male. There are certain women whose personal beauty makes their leadership acceptable who wouldn’t be able to hold the sway they do if they didn’t look the way they do.”..

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