Are You Sexist?

Posted on June 20th, 2014 by - 1 comment

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I’m pretty sure I am sometimes. I know, what an admission to make! If, like me, you’ve grown up through the fifties, sixties & seventies you will have internalised a lot of institutionalised sexism and not even realise it.

I remember the first time I saw a woman driving a bus. For an instant (until my sexist rule came into play) I was flabbergasted. Why? Because up until that point I’d only seen men driving buses so it looked ‘odd’. The idea of being ‘married in church’ by a woman was weird too. Yet there were female registrars galore. I had to check my sexism.

A rule of thumb I developed as I was growing up was, would I think this odd if roles were reversed? Just flip it. Replace ‘woman’ with ‘man’, and vice versa, and check out how it sounds.

Recently our top British tennis player hired a female coach. Overall the media held itself in check and I didn’t actually read any descriptions of what she looked like (although that discretion does not extend to female tennis players). However, I did hear lots of media talk about the wisdom of his hiring a female coach as clearly she wouldn’t have played men’s tennis, and babble about her not being able to go into the locker room with him after matches.

Until someone pointed out that most professional women tennis players have male coaches.

Never heard that remarked upon and I’m pretty sure they aren’t allowed into locker rooms. Thus, sexist coverage.

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Photo of Amelie Mauresmo courtesy of BBC Sport

Women Over 50 Get a New Super Power!

Posted on June 19th, 2014 by - 0 comments

Yes, it’s true. Once you’re over 50 you can become invisible! At least in the media and films you will be…. This is part of an email I received from Ann Cameron, a Canadian lawyer: In 2006, two English friends of mine and I were talking about the lack of aspirational film roles for women over age 50. Yes, there were a few films featuring noted older performers, but nothing that left you feeling better about being older and/or changing

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Is Kindness Under-Rated at Work?

Posted on June 18th, 2014 by - 5 comments

One of the qualities I  value most in people is kindness; they could be brilliant at what they do, at the top of their field, earning a fortune, but if they are carelessly unkind they cut no ice with me. In my experience kindness is somewhat under rated in the world of work. It rarely features on any job description and people are not usually praised at annual review for being kind. It probably comes under the heading of ‘soft

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Dreams Can Come True!

Posted on June 16th, 2014 by - 0 comments

We’ve been busy getting ready for our London Licensing course for the last few weeks.  It feels like quite a milestone. In February 2013 there was just one RenewYou specialist. Me. Last year I did something I’d thought about for years but for one reason and another I hadn’t done anything about it. Which meant my dream stayed a dream, as dreams do until you take your courage in your hands and actually do something. Of course I was a

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Women at War

Posted on June 13th, 2014 by - 0 comments

I am glad that we are honouring the men of World War Two; I find it moving and poignant. However, it’s good to remember the contribution of women too, as in this picture of women working behind the scenes at Bletchley Park. RenewYou is my one day personal development programme for women, licensed to excellent trainers across the world. Check out your nearest one.

Inspirational Woman – Shona Easton

Posted on June 11th, 2014 by - 1 comment

Shona Easton is a bag lady, in the nicest possible way. She’s a bag designer. If you’ve ever wondered how you become a bag designer we’re about to find out. Shona has been running her own business since 1996 and her own designer label launched in 2002. Jane: Shona, do share, how does one become a bag designer? Did you leave education with the idea of designing bags? Can you do a course in bag design? Shona: Not a course

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