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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The Honeycombs – Early Pioneers of Female Equality?

Posted on March 13th, 2014 by - 0 comments

I have no idea why this suddenly popped into my head. I think it may have been because I had BBC Radio 2 gently playing in the background as I was working and one of their records must have taken me back 50 years. For whatever reason, I suddenly had this vision of the sixties group, The Honeycombs. I wasn’t an avid fan, in fact I was about 8 or 9 when they first appeared on the screen. They have

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Gender Equality is All About Men Too!

Posted on February 14th, 2014 by - 0 comments

I have been ‘attacked’ (in a very non violent way) several times recently by both men and women who say that feminism and feminists want to ‘do down’ men, that we malign and denigrate men. Anyone who speaks out about their views can expect to have them challenged; that’s fine. Here’s my reply. At the risk of repeating myself, I do not wish to see a world where women perpetuate the patriarchy we currently exist under. I want true gender

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Sexist Stereotyping in the Workplace – we’ve still a long way to go…

Posted on January 24th, 2014 by - 0 comments

When I was a child the idea of a woman driving a bus was unthinkable.(My Mum was a ‘clippie‘ before she had me so I had a vested interest in buses) When I first heard about the possibility of a woman carrying out marriage services in a church I was shocked. I grew up when becoming a police woman meant wearing a skirt and not doing anything dangerous. I imbibed these stereotypes and, as a young child, accepted them. As

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Pink Toys & Housework – Really? Who Cares?

Posted on January 7th, 2014 by - 2 comments

There was a strong wind of discontent reported in the press recently when a company was criticised for its toy pink dustpan and brush set which was very squarely aimed at girls. Having missed the original story I went on line to look at the offending object (well, I’d done all my household chores for the day and was just darning the men’s socks, so I was allowed). I found my eye drawn to some of the comments under the

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