Each time I travel to the United Arab Emirates it makes me think differently about dress codes, the oppression of women and the objectification of the human body.Read More
Its the heart that sets Stilettos Network apart from anything else. The essence that I know has touched everyone in our network who has attended one of our events.
You know what that sudden rush of exuberance and excitement feels like - opportunity, self belief, empowerment - it’s a better high than 6 lumps of sugar in a mai tai.Read More
Over the years, in countless interviews and annual performance appraisals, I've asked entry-level, professionals and managers what their aspirations are.
9 times out of 10 I have sat across the table from smart women who have lower ambitions than their male counterpartsRead More
Years ago, with a cohort of colleagues, I attended a Leadership Development programme in Tanzania... For many people that went through that programme, it made us realise that rather than Lean In, we wanted to Lean Out, even if just for a while.Read More
In 1938, when Helene Mayer beat the men’s US fencing champion, her title was taken away and men-women competitions were banned – the reason being that she won in an unfair competition because men can’t go “all out” competing against a woman.Read More
in 1921, the FA banned women from playing on FA-affiliated pitches. The reason? “…the game of football is quite unsuitable for females and ought not to be encouraged”. The ban wasn’t lifted for 50 years.Read More
I recently had a conversation with a couple of guys about their young kids. One father had two boys, the other three girls. The father with three girls said he’d like to have a son so that he could take him to the football…he didn’t get away scot-free with that comment!Read More
Who would have thought that the shy lovebirds who got engaged in black turtle necks in 1998 would have become the power couple they are today. Not only did their penchant for matching outfits spark a trend, their attitudes to work and family have, I believe, influenced a whole generation...Read More