“I hire more girls because they have nimble fingers, and computers need nimble fingers”.
That’s how my ex-boss, in a leading Indian media organization, reportedly justified hiring of girls when the so-called boys protested dwindling masculine majority in the news room. This was the pre-dotcom boom era in which media houses were mostly run by men.
Office gossips ensued over this approach, and the explanation was even called flimsy and blatant. Even though I was willing to give the boss the benefit of doubt, most friends and colleagues labeled this as death of meritocracy in the name of women empowerment.
What bewilders me is how journalists – who are supposed to fight against and expose all kinds of discrimination in society – witnessed blatant sexual harassment in office and even participated in itEhtesham Shahid