Banknote Victory, But Why…?

Posted on July 25th, 2013 by

I am so pleased to hear the news that the Bank of England has agreed to put a woman, Jane Austen, on the new £10 bank note. Currently there is only one woman represented on Bank of England notes (Scotland have their own), and she is due to be removed, yet a large part of me is muttering what the hell is going on?  I supported the campaign wholeheartedly (I even donated twice!) but I just can’t believe that at

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#In My Gender Equal World

Posted on July 15th, 2013 by

Gender equality is something I’m passionate about; or possibly more accurately women getting a fair deal in society (all societies) without having to behave like men to progress, or having to dress a certain way, or having different criteria and standards applied to them. It’s one of the reasons I wrote RenewYou and why I finally decided to licence it to other trainers to get it out to get the ‘confidence‘ message to as many women as possible. I know

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Fifty Shades of Feminism & YOU!

Posted on June 20th, 2013 by

Of course I just had to buy Fifty Shades of Feminism although I have managed to resist the ‘allure’ of it’s ashy coloured namesake (definitely not appealing to me). I’m glad I did. The book has been edited by Lisa Appignanesi, Rachel Holmes and Susie Orbach who put it together pretty quickly in a riposte to the ‘other’ grey book. (Presumably the grey cover of this edition is a bit of tongue in cheek homage?) In a slightly anarchic way

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Advice for Women in Business? Put Your Shoes On…

Posted on June 14th, 2013 by

Shoes seem to be significant in my life recently, apart from pinching me on my recent treasure hunt around the streets of Edinburgh (hen party frolics). When I’m running seminars on confidence I often reference the actor Beryl Reid who said if she had the right shoes on for a part the rest came naturally to her, but she had to get the right shoes first. Start from the bottom and work up. Then I read an article from a

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I am a Strident, Militant Feminist

Posted on May 28th, 2013 by

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.

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Career or Baby or Both?

Posted on April 10th, 2013 by

Are you a woman with a new baby? Planning on having a baby in the next few years? I need you, please! I’ve been asking a few questions recently on Twitter using the hash tag #womencareerbaby (@JaneCWoods if you’d like to join in) .  I am writing on that topic – and I want to know what you think! It is a thorny question and one I haven’t yet given much space to on this blog. That is about to

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