How To Make a Difference

Posted on October 7th, 2014 by - 1 comment

Sometimes it feels that we’re too small and insignificant in the general scheme of things to really make a difference. It’s understandable but I fear that way madness lies; if we keep quiet that leaves air space for the naysayers to claim the ground. Check out the recent example of Emma Watson, an actor who made her views known on gender equality. She received a torrent of on line abuse. She also received a torrent of on line support to

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The Feminist and the FireFighter.

Posted on October 3rd, 2014 by - 1 comment

  Whenever I am working or an organisation where the issue of gender equality is not recognised, as in  “What problem? We have no problem? Women can progress if they have the required attributes,” I am reminded of a conversation I had with the Chief Officer of my husband’s Fire & Rescue Service in 1986. (That’s my husband in the picture, trying not to laugh). We were at the passing out parade at the end of his training period. At

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Got a Mentor?

Posted on September 30th, 2014 by - 0 comments

When you read the career stories of many famous high profile women a common strand emerges: most of them had a mentor. Have you? The extract below is from an IBM report ‘The Business Case for Gender Balance': Make Mentoring Meaningful Ideally, high-potential women should be offered their own mentor. This mentor should be trained or up-skilled to understand what career support is most effective to help women progress in their careers. Non-specific mentoring involving general career guidance helps create

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A Message To Emma Watson: We Salute You

Posted on September 25th, 2014 by - 0 comments

It’s a sad fact that if you are prepared to stand up for what you believe in you will get attacked. Not just a debating of your views, which one must expect, but personal attacks. These are all the more vicious if you are female: women’s voices are not heard easily. (See Mary Beard on this – Do You Listen to Women?) The actor, Emma Watson, has been experiencing this lately. She has spoken up for gender equality in a

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Pregnant Women Penalised at Work

Posted on September 23rd, 2014 by - 0 comments

One in four mums who have returned to work believe they have been subjected to discrimination, either before or after the birth of their child. This is the startling conclusion of a survey undertaken by law firm Slater & Gordon. Below is a summary of their findings. Researchers found 51 per cent consider that their employers’ and colleagues’ attitude towards them changed when they fell pregnant, while two thirds said things have been ‘difficult’ for them since they returned from

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New Beginnings

Posted on September 22nd, 2014 by - 0 comments

Do you find September a great month for new beginnings? I know January is traditionally the big month of resolutions but not for me. I’ve always loved September; it must be a throwback to my times of school and university but the Autumn always sees me full of life and raring to go. I’m not really a great summer lover and heat makes me slothful and sleepy. But give me that first nip of a slight chill in the air,

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