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Equality will be when women reach the top and it's no big deal

Niamh Gallagher

Published 13/07/2015 | 02:30

Deirdre Foley, Owner and CEO, D2 Private
Deirdre Foley, Owner and CEO, D2 Private

Irish businesswomen are in the news with the purchase of Clery's by Natrium investments, which is 20pc-owned by Sligo-born Deirdre Foley.

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 Much has been made of the fact that she is a woman, or an 'alpha female', according to a London business magazine. Not quite so much attention has been paid to the other two players in Natrium - John Skelly and Ronan Daly - or, more specifically, their 'alpha' status or lack of it.

This is getting tiresome for women. Boys are leaders and girls are bossy. 'Ambitious' is an endorsement for a man and a veiled insult to a woman. And 'alpha' is what every guy wants to be, but not exactly a positive way to describe a successful woman.

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