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The gender agenda

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 30 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7753
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

I like listening to the radio. There are always recurring stories. A common complaint is the lack of women on company boards. A great quote was “only when we have as many incompetent women executives as incompetent men will there be true equality.” But these vaulted arguments about sex equality are largely meaningless to ordinary people. Change at the top sees pearls replacing pinky rings, sisters replacing brothers. This is still a closed, privileged group—from a narrow number of schools and universities—that dominates society. So is this real change? …

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