Women, You Are Not Allowed to be Loud. Did you know?

Posted on February 12th, 2016 by

I am a huge fan of the academic, broadcaster and writer, Mary Beard, as you may know. Mary said some time back:

We have not yet learned to hear the authority in women’s voices.

How true that is; it’s something I am oft to be found quoting. As with so many things, we women are held to a different standard than men and this is very apparent in the world of politics and how the media responds to us.

Hillary Clinton is a case in point and I am very grateful to one of my American friends, Bridget, for sending me this clip. Take a look at this link and watch the videos if you have time. Hillary is slated for being too loud (clearly not feminine enough and not meeting someone else’s ideal of womanhood) but, funnily enough, it’s not a problem when men get all shouty. This is a real problem for professional women who need to make sure their voices are heard. Being loud/passionate/assertive/out there is a virtue for men, a failing for women.

No wonder we women sometimes find it hard to Speak Up

Do You Care About Your Age?

Posted on February 9th, 2016 by

It is an issue for everyone, but particularly so for women in industries where they are lauded for their looks and suffer so much when they age. As much as we haven’t learned to hear authority on women’s voices, we haven’t learned to appreciate the beauty and wisdom of the older woman.

I’d love to know what you think of this?

Posted on February 5th, 2016 by

Hi! I don’t normally use the blog to shamelessly promote myself in this way but I am today, because I’d genuinely love to know what you think about this idea. Hope you don’t mind. It’s my more personal take on market research… Here’s my question for you:

Gender Bi-Lingual- Walk like man? No… Part 3

Posted on February 2nd, 2016 by

If you’re a woman statistically you’re likely to get talked over at work and suffer a crisis of confidence. In this series of posts we’re looking at how men and women communicate. Knowledge is power so do read on…

Men, needed for Gender Balance, NOW!

Posted on January 29th, 2016 by

A question I’m frequently asked when talking about gender balance is, what about the men? Well, we need the men! Gender equality is not just for women. It’s for everyone.

Being Gender Bi-Lingual, Does It Matter? 2

Posted on January 26th, 2016 by

I’ve written regularly on how the words we use, and the words that are used about us as a gender, can undermine our confidence and the impact we want to make. But, to be honest, I often feel I’m teetering on the edge of a dilemma. Or about to make a huge gaffe.

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