I have been very lucky in my career to have met and talked with some amazing women. Among them are Dame Jenni Murray, Kathy Lette, Caroline Green, Suzy Greaves and Lucy Atkins. Here are a selection of quotes from them. Enjoy their pearls of wisdom. Feel free to add your own in the comments section. Share the best advice you’ve ever been given!
Dame Jenni Murray – BBC Presenter Woman’s Hour
Some time ago ago I wrote a post about the Today programme bemoaning the lack of female presenters. (See here) It took some time before they ran it with two women presenters. You joined in 1973. Did you experience much sexism?
Well, there was the guy who came up behind you and put his arms out and on your tits.
That is appalling! How did you deal with it?
Well, I made sure I befriended all the wives who came to the BBC club bar, and if they (the chaps) had a go at me I’d say “I’m sure your wife would be interested in hearing about that behaviour.” The word soon went round to not mess with Murray.
Lucy Atkins author.
What’s the best piece of advice you have been given?
A yoga teacher I loved when I was living in Boston used to say, with a smile:
‘I love you, but I don’t care what you think of me’.
It’s a very, very liberating thought to have floating around your head if you’re afraid of being judged or criticised or if you just feel shy. It works for almost any situation.
What advice would you give to any aspiring writers/journalists?
Don’t give up, don’t ever be intimidated by people in positions of power, do believe you have just as much chance as anyone else of doing this, put your writing first. And keep rewriting.
You can read the full interview with Lucy here
Suzy Greaves editor of Psychologies magazine.
If you could share one piece of advice, or a saying or personal mantra with our readers what would it be?
Embrace imperfection, be kind to yourself – and others, and get a dog. I’m really lucky. Oscar, my smelly cocker spaniel comes to work every day with me. And he’s our team mascot.
Caroline Lucas Green party MP
What advice would you give to any women thinking of entering politics?
Don’t be afraid to stand up and speak out. If enough of us do it…
Here’s the full interview with Caroline, just click.
Kathy Lette author and comedian
If you could give your 16 year old some advice, what would it be?
To stand on my own two stilettos and not wait to be rescued by some Knight in Shining Armani.
And to embrace feminism earlier. Feminism had not trickled down to suburbia in the 70’s. I remember once in the pub, I heard some boys ordering a round of “germs”. When I asked what that was, they said, Germaine Greers – beers. They had no idea who Germaine was. She was just rhyming slang for beer. I haven’t got the heart to tell her!
My full interview with Kathy is here.
Do share the best advice you’ve ever been given, or your own pearls of wisdom on life. Simply comment below. Thanks.
Posted on June 22nd, 2015 by Jane