Our thanks to Greg for this story.
Trudeau appointed Governor General Julie Payette is everything feminists could possibly want in a woman – engineer, astronaut and now occupying a high profile political role.
Less than a month into her position (a largely ceremonial role intended to carry out responsibilities on behalf of the Queen and to unify Canada), she used a speech to mock climate change sceptics and people of faith.
Now, it emerges that as a boss she is abusive in the extreme, repeatedly leaving employees in tears and losing members of staff to resignation one after another. The incredible CBC report detailing what’s been going on is well worth reading.
Perhaps it will comfort Payette’s harassed employees to recall the dominant feminist narrative on women leaders, as espoused by Michelle P. King at CNN:
What people need now are leaders with empathy, compassion and an ability to show support — skills that women leaders tend to exhibit more than men.“
Women do indeed tend to score higher on Baron-Cohen’s Empathy Quotient test. Perhaps Payette would score remarkably low for a woman (she is a remarkable woman, after all) but perhaps not – perhaps it’s her very feminine skills that enable her instinctively to emotionally torture her staff.
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