I’m a pretty level-headed guy, not one to get emotional about stuff that happens out there in the wide world.
I also have the good fortune of having grown up in New Zealand, one of the most egalitarian societies on Earth. First to give women the vote (yay! Kate Sheppard), until recently sporting a prime minister, governor general and head supreme court judge who were all women, and generally a place where, I thought, meritocracy trumps all.
But then the other day I was talking to an awesome startup founder and CEO. This founder is one of those rare people one discovers in the ecosystem — passionate, driven, professional. Pretty much ticking all the boxes that a potential investor would want. She also happens to be a woman, which in my view makes zero difference. She’s awesome because she’s awesome, not helped or hindered in any way because she’s a woman.