A Rule of Thumb for Wife Beaters?

Posted on March 12th, 2015 by

Have you been watching Amanda Vickery’s series on the Suffragettes on the BBC? It is a brilliant show but watching it made me realise once again just how little distance we’ve travelled and how far we had to go. It’s salutary to be reminded that one half of the population was totally subjugated by the other half. Parliament was totally male and women were not even allowed into the public gallery but forced to listen via ventilator shaft. (You might

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International Women’s Day – What Can I Do?

Posted on March 8th, 2015 by

Happy International Women’s day! Now what? It’s difficult really to know just how to mark IWD in a personal capacity. There are so many wonderful initiatives happening but it’s not always easy to make a choice, especially if you’re not close to city centre. So here’s a suggestion for your own private International Women’s day resolution: Resolve not to automatically judge women for their choices. We’re all trying to make our way in a world steeped in sexism. For some

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Petticoats in Parliament? I wish…

Posted on March 6th, 2015 by

This is one of the many anti suffrage postcards which abounded when women were fighting for the right to vote. Modern day trolling has nothing on the viciousness of some of the images around then. I’d absolutely love to see this scene in the UK Parliament! Picture via BrainPickings RenewYou is my one day course, written for women, and available across the UK and in Pakistan, USA, Australia, Thailand, Canada, Belgium, South Africa…Click here to find out more.

Jackie Ashley – Inspirational Woman

Posted on February 19th, 2015 by

Jackie Ashley has been a journalist for over 30 years working for newspapers such as The Guardian and New Statesman, as well as regular appearances for the BBC and independent television. She also has a keen interest in the Labour Party, hardly surprising given that her father was the late Jack Ashley, a much loved Labour MP who worked tirelessly for people with disability. Jackie’s latest role is to be President of Lucy Cavendish College in Cambridge, a post she

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Anita Anand – Inspirational Woman

Posted on February 12th, 2015 by

Anita Anand is a fast rising star in the media world and with a highly acclaimed book out at the beginning of this year, a respected writer, too. She made some time in her very busy schedule to share her thoughts with me and I know you’re going to love this interview. Be inspired! Jane: Anita, you’re very well known as a radio and TV broadcaster. But what did the young Anita want to be when she grew up? Anita:

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Is Feminism Middle Class & Elitist? Yes, says Alison Wolf

Posted on January 29th, 2015 by

I heard an interview with Baroness Wolf on a BBC radio news programme recently, when I thought I heard her say that feminism today was doing nothing for the majority of women. My attention was piqued and, I have to admit, my dander was up. As a working class girl who discovered feminism at age 14 and embraced it wholeheartedly, I was horrified by the suggestion that I had become part of an elite, doing little for true equality and

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