Women & History & Bath’s Fashion Museum

Posted on July 21st, 2014 by - 0 comments

Women and war Bath Costume Museum

The war is usually seen through military eyes. However, it could not have been won without the efforts of millions of women. They proved what they could do – what took a great deal longer was to convince everyone that they should do it.”

‘Fighting on the Home Front: The Legacy of Women in World War One’ by Kate Adie, (Hodder & Stoughton)

The history of the contribution of women to history is not a glorious one; so often the part of women has been glossed over. But I do detect a sea change. My local museum, Bath Museum of Costume, is running an exhibition of The Great War in Costume. Here’s an extract from the press release:

World War I changed women’s life forever; in terms of status, class, position and what was acceptable for a woman to wear. Fashion changed with the innovation of women being required to do men’s work. The corset disappeared and trousers became a norm.

Unfortunately I can’t make the talk given by broadcaster Lucy Addlington but I’ll certainly be attending the exhibition. If you’re anywhere near Bath, UK do go; it’s a fabulous museum. Here’s a link for more details.

P.S. RenewYou women don’t wear uniform, but they certainly make a contribution! More information is here.

Breaking News: More Women in UK Government, What Are They Wearing?

Posted on July 17th, 2014 by - 0 comments

In the UK the prime minister has had a pre election reshuffle of ministers. Realising his record on women in Cabinet was pretty atrocious, and in a direct play to women voters, he made a lot of noise about recruiting more women into his government. In fact, he made 40 new appointments and 10 were women. I make that 25%. There are now 5 women in the Cabinet. 20% of the Cabinet are women. The press had a field day.

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Quick Confidence Tip

Posted on July 16th, 2014 by - 1 comment

It’s odd, and I am not an exception to this rule, (sigh) but most women I know are trying to make themselves smaller. What do we all tend to do with small people? Talk down to them. Powerful people take up a lot of space, as of right. Today, whatever height or size you are, stand tall, own the space you are in, walk tall, feel powerful. Be wonderful! P.S. You might find yourself feeling taller after a day on

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Try Not Being Sorry for One Week

Posted on July 14th, 2014 by - 5 comments

“Sorry to interrupt you, but I need to…” “Sorry, but I’d like to ask a question….” or “Sorry, but I have no right to claim this space/time as mine so am prefacing everything I say with sorry to make myself small and unnoticeable…don’t look at me” If this sounds familiar, either about you or someone you know, watch this video (even though it’s a shampoo commercial it speaks to me) and then try to eradicate that word from your vocabulary

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Why is ‘Being Like a Girl’ an Insult?

Posted on July 11th, 2014 by - 0 comments

I hate it when people think they are giving me a compliment by saying I do something ‘just like a man’. I’m a woman, for heaven’s sake, I don’t need my actions validated by being told I do it like a man, i.e. better than if I was doing it like a woman…. Acting ‘like a girl’ was often used as a form of control when I was very young too, usually to stop me playing with the boys: Jane,

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Eleanor Roosevelt, An Inspiration.

Posted on July 9th, 2014 by - 3 comments

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was an American politician. She was the longest-serving First Lady of the United States, holding that title from March 1933 to April 1945 during her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s four terms in office. By common consent she changed the nature of the position of First Lady by being outspoken and political herself. I’ve used one of her quotes for years when running courses: No one can make you feel inferior without your own consent. It’s so

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