Bad news ladies. It might be, 2016 but that list of obstacles holding women back or disadvantaging them is not getting any shorter.
If it’s not our menstrual cycles , or the gender pay gap , it’s being the unlucky recipient of a deluge of unsolicited penis pictures – to name but three.
Women’s attire, right down to their choice of accessories has always been the subject of scrutiny. This is not news.
But one particular item has recently found itself the subject of some advice we’re assuming was meant to be helpful.
So what’s up now?
If you’re the proud owner of an engagement ring and currently looking for a new job, then take it off for any interviews you may get – it will apparently do you no favours.
In fact, you will come across as being ‘high maintenance’, apparently. Oh, and other women will resent you.
The reasoning behind this theory is the work of a man named Bruce Hurwitz, a job recruiter.
So what has lead Hurwitz to this conclusion?
Unfortunately nothing concrete or comprehensive like a scientific study, or an employer saying, verbatim, “women with engagement rings are high maintenance.”
Instead Hurwitz, who, in a follow-up post to the original insists he meant to cause no controversy, cited an anecdote which happened a few years ago.
Lose the ring
“Years ago I was working for a recruiter. A colleague interviewed a woman. I was not present during the interview.
“When they left the conference room the woman asked my colleague, ‘You know, I have had a number of interviews and no offers. Did you find anything wrong with my interviewing skills?’
“My colleague assured her that she had not.
“Even though I had not been introduced to her, and despite the fact that, at that moment, I was alone with five women all of whom were wearing engagement rings, I said, ‘Lose the rock!'”
Unsurprisingly, Hurwitz was was asked to explain himself.
“When a man sees that ring he immediately assumes you are high maintenance.
“When the woman at the office who has the largest diamond on her finger, sees that ring, she will realize that if you are hired she will fall to second place and will, therefore, not like you. Lose the ring!”
Nonplussed, the lady in question left. Hurwitz believes he is vindicated because two weeks later the lady called him to tell him she had received a job offer, following an interview where she removed her ring.
This, according to Hurwitz, makes a total of six clients for whom this has happened, which presumably means this is a credible ‘thing’.
It also presumably means most women are petty, insecure and status-obsessed, while men believe a woman’s relationship status – something which is none of their business – is indicative of how “high maintenance” they are.
It’s not fair on either gender.