I really like Katherine Whitehorn. In case you don’t know her she’s a journalist who writes for the Guardian newspaper group amongst other publications. She was also the first woman to have her own column in The Observer newspaper. I hope she wouldn’t mind me saying that she’s been around the block a few times (although I’m not sure if that is a PC expression – where does it come from?)
Here’s a link to an article she wrote about women and the media a few years back; read it and you’ll see why I love her.
Katherine has a quiet style of writing and a way of phrasing things that really seeps into your consciousness. A recent column looked at the value of women’s work. In her own understated style she suggests that women have always done demanding work but often unpaid and unrecognised, citing her own mother who managed staff and catered for up to 50 people at a time (event manager?):
“A man doing all of those tasks would have had a salary and a title – yet no one regarded such a wife as working. Would it be unduly feminist to suggest that half the time women’s efforts are only seen as work when defined in the same way as work done by men?”
No, Katherine it would not.
If you’re not familiar with her work, check her out. I think you’ll like her!
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Posted on August 30th, 2012 by Jane