Monthly Archives: July 2011

Conservative Women

This blog is going to run a series of short articles about influential Conservative women. Some of the women are obvious — Margaret Thatcher, Nancy Astor — but others perhaps less so. Here’s a list of the women who have … Continue reading

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Quotas

This week’s Economist has an interesting article on whether quotas work in promoting women to boards. The Economist suggests that it doesn’t. Quotas are a blunt tool, and have potential to backfire. They also, as the Economist points out, fail … Continue reading

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Being strident…or not?

One of the words which bothers me is “strident”. Feminists are often called strident, whether they are or not. To be strident is to promote a particular point of view in a forceful manner. The word has underlying tones of aggression, … Continue reading

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How to be a Woman

Quite a while ago, I said that I would review Caitlin Moran’s new book “How to be a Woman”. Put simply, I thought that it was brilliant. Clearly, an un-cool childhood in the late 1980s is similar to an un-cool … Continue reading

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Apologies

Apologies for the lack of posts recently.  I’ve been snowed under at work, and then got caught up with watching the hacking scandal. It’s just fascinating. I’ll be blogging again in a couple of days.

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Credibility

The story of Dominique Strauss-Khan continues, first with his release earlier this week, and then a second accusation of rape. I’ve seen a number of blogs about the media interest in the credibility of the women involved, and in particular … Continue reading

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Hiring a criminal?

The hacking scandal, which has intensified over the last few days, provides further suggestion that Andy Coulson, former Communications Director for 10 Downing Street, was involved. The scandal is no longer about hacking the phones of celebrities – deleting messages … Continue reading

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