'Women are harder working and take the lead role much more readily than men' is the kind of quote I expect to emanate from the lips of Germaine Greer not the president of our Institution. (NCE 20 April).
I do not know what experiences our beloved 'leader' has had to arrive at this conclusion (and believe me I have been trying to find out) but I beg him to qualify it as my experiences certainly do not compare.
This is not to say that some women cannot be harder working than some men, nor vice-versa. Just that generic comments within such a wide spanning classification as gender have no place in an Institution that is desperately trying to shed its old institutional image. Male, female, tall, small, old, new; some of us will work hard, some of us will do as little as we can.
Glen Staunton, firstname.lastname@example.org