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

Posted on June 2nd, 2014 by - 2 comments

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 - 4 comments

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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How Can We Stop Sexism Without Demeaning Young Men?

Posted on May 26th, 2014 by - 3 comments

I finally got around to watching the BBC show Blurred Lines on sexist attitudes in Britain today. It made for depressing viewing. Kirsty Wark has made a documentary about attitudes towards women in 2014 and frankly I was shocked. I didn’t expect to be; I thought I pretty much had a handle on what went on but there were elements of that programme that shocked and saddened me. What shocked me most was a Grand Theft Auto Game where points

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Women Are Not Born With a Lack of Confidence

Posted on May 16th, 2014 by - 2 comments

Look at any group of very young children playing. You’ll be hard pushed to see a gender difference in confidence. Look at that same group when they get to school. Already the conditioning will have left it’s mark. Survey after survey tells us that boys claim more of a teacher’s attention ( or are are given it). If they are naturally assertive girls, good at organising, they will be called ‘bossy’, not a positive term. Boys, on the other hand,

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Is Women’s Increasing Power Helping Reduce Violence?

Posted on May 12th, 2014 by - 1 comment

That question was asked, almost as an aside, by a BBC journalist of a senior policeman in an item on the reduction of violent crime (a 12% fall had been recorded, an ongoing trend): “Do you think“, he asked, “that the increasing power of women is a factor in the violent crime figures going down?” The policeman gave some sort of answer but it clearly wasn’t something he’d thought about before. He was more focused on the fact that the

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I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar

Posted on April 30th, 2014 by - 0 comments

I can’t remember when I first heard Helen Reddy singing ‘I am woman’ but I still remember the impact it had on me. It was phenomenal. I loved it, and still do. The song first came out in May 1972 when I was 16/17 and it has never really left my head.  I often think we should play it loud and proud at the beginning of every RenewYou course. It’s almost impossible to read the words, or sing the song,

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