Motherhood & Careers, Impossible?

Posted on August 20th, 2014 by

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

  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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Funny Things Happen in a BBC Bar…

Posted on July 7th, 2014 by

A few months ago I was with my friend, Laura Rawlings and had just made a small contribution to her BBC radio show. She asked me if we could do a longer interview afterwards for her friend’s website, FreelanceMum. Meet me in the BBC bar after the show, she said. Ooh I thought, how exciting, the BBC bar. To be honest it wasn’t very; the bar itself was shut so I grabbed a coffee and sat there with my knitting

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Women at War

Posted on June 13th, 2014 by

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.

Quotas for Women? In comedy, politics, work, boards, BBC…?

Posted on June 2nd, 2014 by

Women make up 50% (give or take a few noughts) of the world’s population. In no country in the world do women have complete parity and equality with men. So why is there such an outcry about quotas to ensure that wrong is put right? We have always needed legislation to push social change and heaven knows we need it now. I support quotas. Do you? RenewYou is my one day personal development for programme, licensed to excellent trainers across

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To Ms or Not to Ms?

Posted on May 28th, 2014 by

Even after all these years giving your title as Ms can still raise a few eyebrows. I’ve been Ms since I discovered the term, way back in the seventies. I could never understand why only women had to publicly declare their marital status, although clearly the answer is tied up with women becoming their husband’s property on marriage etc. Along with so many things I assumed it would be in standard use by now and forms, documents etc, would just

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