Steve Baxter has been branded a “sexist pig” on Shark Tank by fellow panellist Dr Glen Richards.
It appears Steve knows the reason why a pay gap exists between men and women.
Not being “assertive enough” apparently has something to do with it.
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On Tuesday night’s episode Tanya Wood pitched her outdoor furnishing business, Sunburst Outdoor Living, to the sharks.
During her pitch, the business owner says she would love the sharks’ help to gain retail and resort contacts to stock her products.
This request really did not sit well with Steve.
“Do you think we’re going to do that for you? Well, why don’t you do it then?” Steve asks Tanya.
“I know, it sounds easy. I know what you’re saying,” Tanya tried explaining, but Steve cut her off.
The 47-year-old told Tanya she needed to get on the phone and contact people herself because she needed to “be prepared to do that in business”.
Extremely apologetic, Tanya explained she was battling a serious case of nerves.
“You’re sort of saying, ‘I’ve tried and I can’t.’ You’ve got to not take no for an answer,” Steve said. “It’s unfortunate, but females tend to do it that way.
“Why do you think there’s a female pay gap? Because you don’t come across assertive enough.”
Enter fellow shark Dr Glen Richards, who wasn’t going to let Steve get away with his casual sexism.
“Because of a whole bunch of sexist pigs like you,” Glen told Steve. “You have three daughters – change the world.”
However, that didn’t stop Steve from continuing.
“I’m not saying it’s fair, but it’s a fact,” Steve argued. “You need to show more aggression — especially for a female.”
At that point enough was enough, and Tanya wasn’t having any of it.
“You’re wrong, Steve. I am not timid, I am just very scared at the moment,” Tanya courageously explained. “This has been my life, my passion, my dreams for four years, and I’m here now.
“I will be on the phones for 10 hours a day if that’s what it takes, because I’m going to make this happen with or without you guys.
“I’ve worked my butt off for three years, and I have a child. So I’m trying to juggle everything.
“I know this is going to work because the numbers add up.”
In the end, everything worked out in Tanya’s favour as shark Naomi Simson offered to invest $40,000 for a 30 per cent stake in her outdoor furnishing business.
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