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Protagonists – a time for change

Young Businesswoman Addressing Boardroom Meeting

Reports on the fight to end discrimination against women, no, let’s be honest, the physical, verbal and emotional abuse of women, can’t be avoided, whichever social, broadcast or print channel you read at the moment.

Hollywood, Bollywood, sports, politics, business, international aid organisations, the UN, religion, education, medicine, the list goes on.  And we are not exempt from that.  By accident, choice or design, by excluding women protagonists, case studies, too, can be seen to support a wider culture of male expectation and privilege.

Our recent article on the issue in Connect makes a compelling case for the benefits of increasing the number of female protagonists in case studies, and The Case Centre is happy to support that.

But we cannot address one form of discrimination without acknowledging that cases generally reflect the same real-world discriminatory practices that exclude those whose existence is acknowledged by their absence.

These invisible protagonists include anyone judged and rejected for reasons of gender, race, sexual orientation, background, and the other infinite monkey cage of signifiers by which people in privileged positions keep out those who aren’t.

I’d like to see cases reflect the struggles and capabilities of everyone involved in business and management.

You can play your part.

If you are an author, find protagonists who reflect all of what the poet Louis MacNeice called The drunkenness of things being various.

If you are a teacher, choose to teach cases reflecting the diversity that your school claims to welcome.


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