Business Women

Business Women
The idea of a business woman is something new to some people. Nowadays, it is more common, but to our grandparents and great grandparents, this idea is somewhat obscure. Some areas still have this idea that women belong in the kitchen. However, in more modern areas, women are not at home. They are in the office working from dawn to dusk. These business women, as successful as they are, have created a reputation for themselves. This reputation gave a certain look for business women and now they are known to have certain traits. As displayed in The Iron Lady, The Proposal and The Devil Wears Prada, business women show how they are unnecessarily inhumane, they have a lack personal life and they are feared by their employees.
The three business women in these movies share the quality that they can be unnecessarily inhumane. I first want to state how The Iron Lady, Margaret Thatcher, is actually a politician instead of a business woman. However, being that her attributes are similar to a business woman and how she started off her career as a business woman, I will consider her a business woman. There was one point in The Iron Lady that showed Margaret Thatcher acting unnecessarily inhumane by treating her Lord President as a halfwit and ridiculing his writing skills. Margaret Thatcher states in this scene, “This is shameful. Shameful! I can’t even rely on you for a simple timetable! Are you unwell? Yes you are unwell. Give me the pencil, give it to me!” I consider this acting unnecessarily inhumane because there are better ways to address your Lord President, and scorning him in front of the whole cabinet is ill-mannered and disrespectful.
Margaret Tate, in The Proposal, shares the quality of being unnecessarily inhumane as well. My favorite scene that best justifies this statement is when Margaret and Andrew are in Margaret’s office after she recently announced their engagement, and she blackmails Andrew. Fully knowing that this forced marriage is illegal, she threatens Andrew’s job in order for her to stay with the US company she currently is working for. She states in this conversation, “ Sure you are. Because if you don’t, your dreams of touching the lives of millions with the written words are dead. Bob is gonna fire you the second I’m gone. Guaranteed. That means the time that we spent together, the lattes, the cancelled dates, the midnight Tampax runs, were all for nothing and all your dreams of being an editor are gone. Don’t worry, after the required allotment of time, we’ll get a divorce and you’ll be done with me. But until then, like it or not, your wagon is hitched to mine.” I deem this an unnecessarily inhumane behavior because Margaret thinks only of herself and not the consequence of this action. The consequence is that Andrew would be fined $250,000 and spend five years in federal prison.
Miranda Priestly, with the ironic name, has plenty examples of unnecessarily inhumane actions in the movie, The Devil Wears Prada. I personally had troubles picking one example of her many deeds within this movie. After some thought, I finally picked one example. In one scene, Miranda wanted her assistant to deliver “the book” to Miranda’s house that night. During the delivery, there was confusion to where “the book” should be put. It ended up with her assistant running into a fight between Miranda and her husband. The next day, Miranda told her assistant that she were to get the new Harry Potter book for her children by the end of the day, or she would be fired. She states, “If you don’t have the Harry Potter book by then, don’t bother coming back.” I see this as an unnecessarily inhumane action because in spite of her assistants previous mistake, she gave her an impossible task to accomplish in order to seek revenge.
Along with being inhumane, these business women share the quality of having no personal life. I am not sure whether these women think that having a personal life with there job is impossible or if they assume that their personal life runs away from them. My prediction, however, is that they dash away from their own personal life. I can tell you, being a business woman, a social life and a personal life is possible, if you make time for it.
Margaret Thatcher from the Iron Lady is an example of my prediction of dashing away from her personal life. In a scene from the movie, once she is elected for a seat in the house of commons. She is seen leaving her house in her car to go to work. While getting in her car and turning it on, her kids are seen outside the car banging on the windows. She ignores her kids and starts driving. It shows her kids running after the car, while she’s zooming away. While driving, Margaret puts the toys in her car in the glove department. She ultimately drives away from her personal life to start her career. The next time her kids are shown in the movie is when she is very much older and her daughter is helping Margaret get around. As you watch the movie, you can see how Margaret longed for the relationship she missed with her kids throughout her life.
Margaret Tate from The Proposal is a true example of a business woman without a personal life. Unlike the other two business women, Margaret Tate has no husband, has no children and has no parents. She is all alone. Not to mention her lack of sex life, which she states that it’s been a year and a half since she’s “gotten any”. The lack of personal life doesn’t seem to bother her during her average day of work. Later within the movie, she finds herself missing that part of her life.
Margaret Priestly has two young children and a husband. She is seen in the movie giving and getting anything that her children desire. Whether it is a finished science project or the new and unpublished Harry Potter book, she will get them anything. However, her children are only seen twice in the movie and the amount of dialogue that includes their presences is very minimal. In the movie she notes to be getting another divorce. Although she does not state how many there were, the tone is if there are more than one. Clearly, the amount of husbands that she has nagged away shows a definite problem between her work and her personal life.


In The Proposal, Margaret Tate is seen as an unlikeable person. She is feared by most of her staff by the since of urgency when the message comes on their computer that she has arrived at the office. According to a review made about The Proposal, Margaret Tate is … “Known on office instant message as the Witch, she terrorizes underlings, fires the man who wants her job and orders Andrew to marry her” (Ebert). With the claims that this reviewer made, being feared by her employees should be a given.
Before The Devil Wears Prada was a movie, it was a book by Lauren Weisberger. Lauren notes how she played the assistant in real life and Miranda Priestly is based off of the real past editor in chief of Vogue, Anna Wintour or what other people called her, Nuclear Wintour (“Anna Wintour.”). Just as Miranda Priestly is feared by her employees, so is Anna Wintour according to a US Vogue intern. An article states, “One US Vogue intern was famously told never to make eye contact with Wintour or to initiate a conversation. One day the terrified girl witnessed the editor tripping up in the corridor but was too scared to offer help. She stepped over Wintour’s prone form and carried on walking” (“Meet the Acid Queen of New York Fashion”). Miranda Priestly shows how her employees are fearful of her in the movie from the beginning scene when everyone panics when note of Miranda Priestly’s arrival. One part shows an employee of Miranda Priestly leaving the elevators once Miranda got on, which is noted to happen in Anna Wintour’s office building.

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  1. Hi Daegesa,
    I really enjoyed how you used all of your sources. Women in the business world are often seen as flat characters, far less dynamic in personality than their male counterparts. Also, with businessmen in movies, you would hardly ever see a scene about a male neglecting their children, let alone a heart wrenching scene like the one you described in The Iron Lady. I hope you put up the completed version so I can see the rest of your argument. 🙂

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