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I work with Monica Guzman at Intersect. I love that she doesn't have to choose between being smart and professional and attractive.

We've come so far since I started in the work world decades ago. (Back then, men really did feel comfortable calling women "honey," and would often make condescending remarks about a woman's appearance regardless of how you dressed or presented yourself.) The few women in senior professional roles made an art form of dressing in ways that emphasized their ability to "act male." (Does anyone else remember those huge shoulder pads?)

I recently met a smart startup Chief Technical Officer who is undeniably very sexy and female - and I love that she'll be a mentor to young girls in ways that show it's completely fine to embrace the sexy and nerdy aspects of your life at the same time.

Joe McCarthy

@MonicaHar Thanks for sharing your experiences and insights into the evolution of perceptions of women in the business world. I'm especially glad to read of the female CTO who is not afraid to express her intelligence and sexiness, and hope that she will serve as a positive role model in the continuing evolution.

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