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    Default teeth clamped around their ankles

    A McKinsey study in 2010 found that both women and men agreed: it is tough for women to climb the corporate ladder with teeth clamped around their ankles.


    What does "teeth clamped around their ankles" mean?

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    Default Re: teeth clamped around their ankles

    Quote Originally Posted by Jiayun View Post
    A McKinsey study in 2010 found that both women and men agreed: it is tough for women to climb the corporate ladder with teeth clamped around their ankles.


    What does "teeth clamped around their ankles" mean?

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    It doesn't make any sense to me.

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    Default Re: teeth clamped around their ankles

    Quote Originally Posted by Jiayun View Post
    A McKinsey study in 2010 found that both women and men agreed: it is tough for women to climb the corporate ladder with teeth clamped around their ankles.


    What does "teeth clamped around their ankles" mean?

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    Wouldn't it be a metaphor for men doing all they can to stop women climbing the ladder? Men are climbing the same ladder, and the woman is above the man ...

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    Default Re: teeth clamped around their ankles

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Wouldn't it be a metaphor for men doing all they can to stop women climbing the ladder? Men are climbing the same ladder, and the woman is above the man ...
    That's how I see it. The men, like dogs, are seizing the ankles of the women above in order to pull them back.

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    Default Re: teeth clamped around their ankles

    A McKinsey study in 2010 found that both women and men agreed: it is tough for women to climb the corporate ladder with teeth clamped around their ankles.

    I think this refers to the term "ankle-biters", meaning children, and is therefore about the problems faced by women who are in the workforce while raising children at the same time.

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    Default Re: teeth clamped around their ankles

    Quote Originally Posted by JMurray View Post
    I think this refers to the term "ankle-biters", meaning children, and is therefore about the problems faced by women who are in the workforce while raising children at the same time.
    I was mistaken. You appear to be right: see here.

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