Young Jobless Women Given Less Help Than Young Men.

Posted on September 2nd, 2014 by - 1 comment

women at work 19th century Science museum

Because of stereotypical, gendered ideas about careers it seems that young women are more likely to be out of a job than young men.

So says a report from the Young Women’s Trust: Totally Wasted? How Worklessness is Affecting Young Women?

The found that young women are more likely to be out of work than men because of the very narrow career choices they are being funnelled into. Their options consisted of  care working, hairdressing, or nursing. The lads, on the other hand, are being encouraged to think about becoming IT technicians, construction workers, or electricians.

The trust says there are two jobs available for every qualified construction worker yet five qualified practitioners are chasing every job in hair and beauty.

Which is a contributing factor in this: 418,000 women aged 18-24 are out of work, compared with 325,000 of young men and that figure has barely altered during the last ten years.

Female NEETS (not in employment or training) cost the Government £926m per annum in lost tax revenue and benefit costs, and £2.6 b in lost productivity. 95% of these young women say getting a job is important to them.

The Government clearly needs to address more than inequality of representation in Government. We need one of those ‘top down initiatives’ they love to talk about.  These old fashioned attitudes enshrined in practice are not helping anyone,men or women, and are frankly a disgrace in 2014.

P.S It’s just a thought, but maybe Government needs to invest in a confidence building for women….?

Ahem, RenewYou is my one day confidence building, aspiration raising, day to focus just on you, course for women. Available all round the country and in the US too.

Do We Need A Feminist Party in the UK? Mary Beard for PM?

Posted on August 28th, 2014 by - 4 comments

Do we need a Feminist Party in the UK? As you might expect my answer is yes. What could be more of an inducement to form one than the inadequate political representation for half the population in our seat of *government? Sweden, however, actually does have a Feminist Party. Here’s some information on **them: The success of the Feminist Initiative (FI) in gaining one seat in the European Parliament – or 5.49 percent of the Swedish votes – is credited

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Every Time A Woman Defies the Odds And Makes It To The Top, We All Gain

Posted on August 26th, 2014 by - 2 comments

I’ve had some exciting news and I’m bursting to share it; one of my favourite women, (an ex coaching client), has been appointed CEO of her company! I’m so thrilled. I will be interviewing her soon for inclusion in the Speak Up journal as an inspirational woman, but I wanted to shout out her success (with permission, although I’m not naming her at the moment), because when we first started working together she was on the verge of giving it

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Are You a Big Knicker Feminist? (with all due credit to Caitlin Moran & Bridgette Jones)

Posted on August 22nd, 2014 by - 1 comment

If you haven’t yet had the good fortune to come across anything written by Caitlin Moran I urge you to remedy that right now. She is outrageously funny and speaks loud and often on the topic of feminism. It’s rare for me to read something on feminism that makes me think again, and laugh out loud but she has done it. She has a new novel out, How to Build a Girl. Buy it. I laughed until I cried. I

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Motherhood & Careers, Impossible?

Posted on August 20th, 2014 by - 5 comments

I’m often asked for my thoughts on this topic. What I’d really like to do is to change the whole system of patriarchy that has made it a relevant question in the first place. Society needs babies. Women have babies. Babies need parents. There are ways of making this happen that work for everyone, just take a look at what some of the Scandinavian countries have done. It requires a fundamental change in attitude. Business needs women. It’s not sustainable,

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Cats Are Not At All Like Humans….are they?

Posted on August 18th, 2014 by - 0 comments

  I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before (ahem) but I have two cats. Yes, I am mad cat lady in waiting and it’s getting closer all the time. It’s not all fun and fur though; my cats do serve a useful purpose in deepening my understanding of the human condition and here’s how: My cats are brother and sister found at 3 weeks old by a cat rescue organisation and reared by humans. I sometimes think this may

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