From the Presidents Club to Weinstein, it seems change only happens once bad behaviour becomes a scandal. How about next time we don’t wait?by Louise Ridley / January 25, 2018 / Leave a comment
You couldn’t make it up. If there was any doubt that sexism and sexual harassment are ingrained in the upper echelons of the country, look no further than the Presidents Club, a secretive group of “esteemed members of the investment, real estate, sports, entertainment, motor industry and fashion world” who gathered at what appeared to be a sexual harassment bonanza that the Financial Times revealed this week.
If Harvey Weinstein was a monster, the investigation into the Presidents Club gala revealed a monstrous party, a “men only” event for leaders apparently representing most of British business (so few women are CEOs that who cares about excluding them, right?)
Men only, that is, obviously except for the female staff who were groped, sexually harassed and propositioned, according to the Financial Times. Pieces of meat allowed, business women forbidden.
Of course, the reaction has been shock. Some men who attended are busy stating that they left early (though the FT story suggests the alleged behavior started, erm, before the canapes were served). Great Ormond Street Hospital, one of the charities the event fundraised for, has said it didn’t know what happened at the event or that it would be receiving money from it. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson did not know he was included in an auction as a prize. David Walliams, the event host, is appalled.