One of Britain's top central bankers has apologized for using sexist language when saying the British economy is entering a "menopausal" moment.
He said: "I'm sorry for my poor choice of language in an interview with the Telegraph yesterday and regret the offence caused".
The deputy governor told the newspaper that "financial experts used the "menopausal" metaphor for economies that were "past their peak and no longer so potent".
His comments attracted derision on social media.
"Enough of this pejorative tosh stigmatising women in their prime", Conservative lawmaker Sarah Wollaston said on Twitter.
"#Menopause only a problem if others try to sideline you because of ignorant prejudice", she tweeted.
There are only three women out of more than 20 officials who serve on the BoE's three major policy committees, appointed by the finance ministry.
Following the backlash, Broadbent has apologised for employing the metaphor, saying he used it in an attempt to explain the meaning of the word "climacteric", which also refers to the years of declining fertility but applies to both sexes.
"Economic productivity is something which affects every one of us, of all ages and genders".
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