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Preparations for International Women's Day

​The theme this year is ‘balance for better’. And they’d love you to join the campaign with your own photos of balance. Here’s my shot - taking my lunchtime break for 2 necessities: a doggie ‘comfort break’ and to stretch the spine most of us are overworking from desk jobs.When I got back to the office, we debated which aspect of gender equality was most in need of ‘balance’ (ok all of it, but if you had to pick one thing). We talked about the ups and downs of running as a couple or a larger family and how that impacted breadwinning; a topic more relevant today than ever but still frustratingly taboo. When I wrote Female Breadwinners, this was the first piece...

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Book Recommendations: Women from History

I love books, I read them and I can bore the bits off anyone talking about them! Maybe like you? Whether they are fiction and non-fiction, current best-sellers or the classics, I love them all. I do have a particular soft spot for historical fiction. I’m partial to Margaret George, Tracey Chevalier and Jung Chang to just get started. I want anything that helps me understand and empathise with a fascinating time period through what life must have been like for its people and particularly the people history books often forget or misrepresents - women. Give me a 100 historical novels over 1 textbook, any day!So, to get you in the mood for upcoming Women’s History Month, I wanted to...

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Ridiculous question #434 - Do women even want the top jobs?

This is one of the most commonly questions I get when speaking about gender equality- most often by men, but normally by people who assume that women who ‘want top jobs’ behave the same way as men who want top jobs. But for most women I know, the politicking, the self-promotion, the ‘mine is bigger than yours’ mentality doesn’t fit. How do we know women want top jobs? Because they spend their time focused on getting their jobs done often to the detriment of the politicking etc. Plus research by Boston Consulting Group shows women have ambition that equals men, but how that gets fostered depends on company culture. Similarly, other research from Centre for Talent Innovation has found ethnic minority women are actually...

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How to approach a mentor if you're a woman working with men

In most workplaces, men usually hold more positions of power. So approaching a MAN to be a mentor is a really good idea if you work in a male-dominated field. So I’ve got three tips for ‘how to approach a mentor’ if he happens to be a man. This is exactly what I’ve been sharing with clients for 15 years, and I could happily tell you about a dozens of women whose male mentors have gone on to help them to advance their careers. 1.  Point out the similarities between you: Let’s be clear, you’re not picking any old Tom, Dick or Harry to mentor you, you must have commonalities. These may be personal, like being from the same country of origin or the...

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