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Monzo says ‘trans women are women’ in perfect Twitter clapback

Ella Braidwood November 22, 2018
A Monzo card. Monzo recently showed trans support on Twitter

A Monzo card user. (Monzo)

Mobile banking app Monzo has shown its support for the transgender community on Twitter, saying that “trans women are women” and supporting self-ID.

Monzo’s official Twitter account posted a response to another user, who criticised the company’s head of people for comments she made regarding the bank’s move to address gender imbalance.

Monzo recently signed the Women in Finance Charter, pledging to ensure 40 percent of staff on their executive committee and board by 2020 are women.

Twitter user challenges Monzo’s move to address gender imbalance

A post on Twitter to protest against Monzo's policy to address gender imbalance
The Twitter user was’t happy with Monzo signing the Women in Finance Charter. (AbsMcFabs)

UK-based Twitter user Abigail McGyn, who describes herself as a “(Vagina) Feminist” in her bio, posted a screenshot of a message that appeared to have been written by Monzo’s head of people Tara Mansfield in response to a query on a company forum.

In the message, Mansfield allegedly said that if the gender split was 50 percent cis men and 50 percent trans women on Monzo’s board, then that would achieve “our goal as it is the ‘women in finance charter’ and we would have 50% women on our board.”

McGyn challenged Mansfield’s comments, writing to Monzo: “I’m really shocked by this.

“If your Head of People cannot understand that a reason females are under-represented in senior banking roles is because of bias, because those in power (males) are more likely to hire people like them, & can’t see any issue with having NO females…”

Monzo's transgender support on Twitter
Monzo fired back at the Twitter user. (monzo/Twitter)

Monzo has amazing message for trans community

However, Monzo hit back—affirming its support for the trans community.

“Hi Abigail, trans women are women (and trans men are men),” the Monzo Twitter account posted.

“We support the right of our trans colleagues to self-identify and don’t agree that this is incompatible with our commitment to having a diverse and representative team.”

Elsewhere, companies and government bodies are taking steps to stamp out transphobic behaviour.

In Scotland, a new advert campaign was rolled out by the country’s government to condemn homophobes and transphobes.

The ads, which have begun to appear across Scotland ahead of the campaign’s official launch on Wednesday, directly challenge people with hateful beliefs in the form of a letter, signed on behalf of Scotland.

One states: “Dear transphobes, do you think it’s right to harass people in the street? Right to push transgender people around in clubs? Right to humiliate, intimidate and threaten them online? Well we don’t.

“That’s why if we see you doing harm, we’re reporting you. We believe people should be allowed to be themselves. Except if they’re spreading hate.

“Yours, Scotland.”

More: Monzo, transphobe, Twitter

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