A high-ranking official at the Bank of England today apologised for describing the British economy as "menopausal", after online comments accused him of "sexism" and "misogyny".
In a statement Wednesday in response to The Daily Telegraph's front-page headline, Ben Broadbent said he was "sorry" for his "poor choice of language" in an interview with the newspaper. The Telegraph did not publish the quote in full.
The former Goldman Sachs economist, among those tipped as a potential successor to BoE Governor Mark Carney who stands down next year, said financial experts used the phrase to describe economies that were "past their peak and no longer so potent".
"Enough of this pejorative tosh stigmatising women in their prime", Conservative lawmaker Sarah Wollaston said on Twitter.
Previous year lawmakers said they were disappointed by finance minister Philip Hammond's slow progress at encouraging greater diversity at the highest levels of the Bank.
Broadbent explained that the term "climacteric", used by economic historians, essentially means "menopausal, but can apply to both genders" and implies "you've passed your productivity peak".
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