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Remember When Firms Would Get Only Dudes to Talk About International Women’s Day?

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March 8, 2024 (that’s today) is International Women’s Day and as such, I felt an urge to comb through the archive to see what compelling content we’ve written about it over the years. Since 2009, we’ve written two articles about International Women’s Day. TWO. Do better, GC.

One post was this: In Honor of International Women’s Day, Let’s Recall Some Important Rules For Women In the Workplace. The “important rules” were bullshit from that sexist training seminar EY got in trouble for some years ago. Better known as the origin of the “waffles and pancakes” joke (attendees were told that “women’s brains absorb information like pancakes soak up syrup so it’s hard for them to focus” whereas men’s brains are like waffles and all the knowledge pools in all the books and crannies).

The 30-some leaders who attended the seminar — all of whom were women — were given a score sheet to rank themselves on feminine and masculine qualities. “Childlike,” ugh.

scoresheet from the infamous "waffles and pancakes" EY seminar

But there’s another post that I completely forgot about because it was ten years ago and I used to drink a lot at work back then: EY Got a Bunch of Old White Guys to Talk About Women in the Workplace

In that post, EY tweeted this:

Which led to the below PDF. EY’s link is dead now, as so many ancient links across the internet are, but we uploaded the PDF to Scribd at the time so here you go:

we know.

We’re happy to report EY is not pushing out male-centered content for this International Women’s Day.

Happy International Women’s Day!