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Sisters are doing it for themselves

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06 Oct 2016
I recently read an online article suggesting that an engagement ring could be the obstacle standing in the way of a job offer for some women. The article claims that the presence of a ring gives the impression that the female is either high maintenance, emotionally involved/invested in something other than work or that it may cause jealousy with existing female employees who may not yet be engaged or whose engagement ring may be smaller!

As an engaged female who is 5 months back from maternity leave I don’t know which part of this I find the most offensive. The suggestion that a female would merit herself on the size of her own engagement ring or define her worth by the lack of one belongs in the dark ages. Women make up half of the workforce now not out of necessity but because are intelligent enough to work, and have a brain – which we are able to keep engaged in spite of the big sparkly rock that may be on our fingers!

Women have been proving that they are anything but high maintenance as far back as the war days. It was the women who got stuck in to the ‘male jobs’ whilst the men were fighting – proving that we can contribute to an economy and the values of equality in the work place.

Women provide a brilliant dynamic to the workplace. The current climate ranks emotional intelligence - something that has been scientifically proven to be more present in women – as high as IQ. Not to mention that most women have mastered the art of multitasking and time management to a tee.

I sincerely hope that this archaic view point isn’t adopted by any interviewers. Some of the best change agents, activists, humanitarians and political figures have been female. The Suffragettes, Joan of Arc, Florence Nightingale, Margaret Thatcher, the Queen to name but a few.

Of course how you present yourself at interview is important. I’m certainly not suggesting that first impressions count for a lot but an engagement ring or gender of any form shouldn’t be a deciding factor. You as a whole are the deciding factor.

Have you experienced discrimination in the workplace or during your job search because of an engagement ring? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
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