The Austin, Texas City Council, composed of seven women and three men, hosted a two-hour training session on March 27 on the topic of working with women. One of the speakers, Jonathan Allen, the city manager of Lauderdale Lakes, Florida, stressed "the importance of being patient" with women who ask questions rather than reading agenda information, according to the American-Statesman. He also reportedly cited lessons he'd learned from his 11-year-old daughter.
The training was most likely well-meaning. And it can be true that men and women sometimes favor different communication styles. But in my opinion, this training was certainly not implemented effectively, and smacks of condescension. What do you think?