Female theatre director has amazing response to job rejection based on her gender
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A woman applied to be a director for a play at the Windsor Fringe Festival and was rejected because (and this is a direct quote) a man “would be better”. Olorunfemi Fagunwa sent in her CV for a role of a director as part of the Kenneth Branagh New Writing Awards. She then received the below reply from a Windsor Fringe Committee Member: The Windsor Fringe Kenneth Branagh Awards supports amateur writers and plays from three winners are staged with selected directors – this was one of the roles Olorunfemi (Femi) applied for. Understandably outraged at the only reason given for her rejection, she took to facebook and posted a brilliant reply. She wrote: “I’m not one for political correctness so I was genuinely appreciative that you were so open about the feeling of the committee and the writer. I’d like to be just as open. Being that the year is 2016, and that women have acquired the right to vote and now are heads of state, you’ll understand why I’d beg to differ on the point that a ‘male director would be better for this play’. Olorunfemi explains that she was sent the play to read because they were considering her for the director role. She says: “At no point was it a genuine occupational requirement that a man be the director of that play”; adding: “Sexism as decision making tool is completely unintelligent and those who help to perpetuate it further, especially in so obvious a manner, are beyond foolish!”
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