FT editor warns of danger of media ‘sensationalising’ women in business

Gillian Tett says when women in male-dominated fields are given all of the press coverage, they receive more praise but also more criticism

Gillian Tett, editor-at-large of the Financial Times US: ‘We must be mindful about how we, as journalists, portray women.’ Picture: Getty

Women doing “boring, important” jobs should be reported on by the media to counter unfair criticism often directed at women in business, the editor-at-large of the Financial Times (FT) US has said.

Gillian Tett said the media “sensationalising” women in male-dominated fields ultimately meant that they received more praise, but also more abuse.

Tett said she first noticed this during the 2008 financial crisis with the treatment of a woman who was on the team ...