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Accounting firm Ernst & Young is facing harsh criticism over a training seminar delivered to some female executives in June 2018.
The seminar, which took place at the height of the #MeToo movement, did nothing to address harassment in the workplace, but instead tried to instruct women on how to assimilate in a male-dominated workplace.
The seminar, called Power-Presence-Purpose, was full of outdated advice for professional women.
One section of the document is devoted to women’s appearance: Be “polished,” have a “good haircut, manicured nails, well-cut attire that complements your body type,” it states on Page 36. But then, a warning: “Don’t flaunt your body ― sexuality scrambles the mind (for men and women).”
The most important thing women can do is “signal fitness and wellness,” the presentation continues.
Ernst & Young has vociferously defended the seminar content.