I was listening to the radio over the week end and heard a comment about women that I agreed with. I can’t even remember what it was. It was such a basic, mundane, ‘bread and butter’ thing to me; probably something like women should enjoy equal representation in the world of work and the world of work needs to change to accommodate women’s needs as much as men’s. Something of that ilk, nothing to cause the horses to bolt, honestly.
If I have to give a very quick answer to the dreaded “And what do you do, Jane?’ I usually say I develop and deliver courses for women. If the conversation continues (and trust me, that answer can be a conversation killer sometimes!) I’ll say, I help give women the confidence to do what they want to do. The inevitable question follows about why I think women need that. Most of us know lots of very confident women, don’t we?
I’m really pleased to be talking with Jackie Ballard. I first heard about Jackie when she was a Member of Parliament representing the Liberal Democrat party; she is now the Chief Executive of my favourite charity, WomanKind. I think there lurks a story in how she got from one to the other… Jane: Jackie, thank you for talking with us today. I’m particularly pleased as I am a supporter of the work of WomanKind; it’s good to be multi tasking
One of the interesting things that Sheryl Sandberg, CEO of Facebook, author of Lean In, has been saying recently is that people don’t like successful women in the same way that they admire and like successful men. She has a point. In 2003, Columbia Business School ran an experiment to test perceptions of men and women in the workplace. They started with a real life case, Heidi Roizen. Heidi had become a successful venture capitalist and the business case described
This is one of my most personal posts to date. Please feel free to share your thoughts on it at the end – I love to hear what you think. I’m reading Sheryl Sandberg’s book ‘Lean In’ at the moment. It was on my to do list but then a newsletter reader in the United States contacted me to say ‘She’s saying all the things you’ve been saying for years, you’ll love her‘. Of course, I was hooked and so
Any minute now they’ll be a new book out, or a new piece of research explaining why men and women are different, why our brains are wired differently and why we like cats…or something! And do you know what? I don’t care! In fact, I really don’t give a damn. I know, and you know and we all know that men and women are not the same. Hooray for that! I also know that for far too long for a