5 Brenda Gardner: 'You don't question male authority'


The men that arrived and wanted to be editors, I think they found it much easier than the women.  People respected them.  It was one of those things that was in my upbringing anyway, that what your father says goes, what the doctor (always male) says goes, you know, you don’t question male authority.

We were inculcated into it and then we became complicit in it, and I think it was perhaps just a habit, not seeing it, not thinking about it.

And then you’d see some of the men were just completely useless, didn’t know what they were doing, just got promoted beyond their capacities.  And they’d be in these wonderful cushy jobs supported by brilliant women.  That often happened, you know, that the secretary ran them and ran the company and they were the figureheads.

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