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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Inspirational Women – Bridget Harris

Posted on April 28th, 2014 by - 0 comments

I’m really pleased to introduce you to Bridget Harris. Bridget has recently been in the eye of a storm; she was one of the brave band of women who spoke out about the sexual harassment of women in the UK parliament. Fact enough for her to earn my admiration, but there is much more to her than that as we will see. Bridget was an advisor to Nick Clegg, deputy prime minister, and has been at the sharp end of political

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Can You Speak American?

Posted on April 24th, 2014 by - 3 comments

I can, apparently, although I have not yet managed to bring myself to talk about ‘fanny packs’, (although I am happy with saying ‘bum-bags’ out loud, go figure) and I do still get confused about first and second floors when in the US. Very logically the Americans call the first floor in a building, well the first floor. We call it the ground floor. I find American terms so much more literal than ours. I think it’s easier for us

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Is The UK a ‘Sexist, Boys’ Club’?

Posted on April 17th, 2014 by - 0 comments

Well, apparently so, if a recent report from the UN is to be believed. Rasghida Manjoo, a UN special rapporteur has conducted a survey and concluded that sexism in the UK is more ‘in your face’ than even countries like India. That is hard to believe. Are we really that bad? I do hold the view that in terms of gender equality we have begun to go lose ground over the last decade. No progress has been made for some

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Boardrooms Need More Women

Posted on April 1st, 2014 by - 0 comments

I wonder if every time a man on a board sees that statement he reads ‘Boardrooms need less men‘ and becomes even less inclined to take action on gender equality? Progress in this area is painfully slow, as the following shows: The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) on the latest data from Lord Davies of Abersoch on Women on Boards and the Cranfield University School of Management’s Female FTSE Board report shows females make up 20.7 per cent of board positions

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The ‘Media’ (Yawn) and Lack of Gender Equality

Posted on March 15th, 2014 by - 0 comments

I really must learn to stop preaching to the converted…read on and see why. My poor husband is getting a tad exasperated by the fact that we can’t sit down together to watch a film or TV programme without me pointing out the inherent sexism on screen. So am I. It usually goes something like this: Me: Of course, any minute now the woman will be naked. Oh there we go, full frontal of the woman.  Even though this is

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