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01 May 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Lean In – only “half a loaf”?

“Half a loaf” is Lean In, the much talked about recent book by Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg; at least according to Anne-Marie Slaughter, another outspoken member of the upper echelons of America’s executive workforce, in her New York Time review,Yes, You Can.  And so it goes on, the bickering among feminists which has to have bogged down […]

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07 April 2013 ~ 1 Comment

Slaughter vs Sandberg

A key point of difference has been between those who push for women to behave more like men; and those who push for workplace structures and cultures to change to accommodate women.  The most recent manifestation is the contrasting viewpoints of two high profile American women, Anne-Marie Slaughter and Sheryl Sandberg.   One of the most […]

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05 August 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Another devotee of work life balance

    A helpful friend sent me a Youtube link to a TED talk by Nigel Marsh, author of Fired Fat and Fifty and other books on work life balance.  He expresses well my own thoughts on the issue.  He believes that if we all work at it, “we can change society’s definition of success away […]

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09 April 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Bossypants wisdom

Tina Fey, US television writer, comic and actor, thinks one of the rudest questions you can ask a working mother is “How do you juggle it all?”, the implication being “You are fucking it all up aren’t you?”  Her standard response concedes that she has the same struggles as everyone else but with the good luck to […]

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09 December 2011 ~ 0 Comments

The Bitch in the House

This book was a best seller in the US, a series of essays written by women about love, sex, marriage motherhood and work.  The writing is generally brilliant and brutally honest.  It makes you realise that most women, at least in the western world, share a good measure of angst, anger and dissatisfaction about the […]

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02 November 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Women are different

I have just read a book called The Female Brain by Dr Louann Brizendine (Bantam Press 2006).  It is a  very accessible summary of years of research which demonstrates clearly the differences between the male and female brain.  And yet these differences went unexamined for many years, beginning in the early 1970s, when unisex was […]

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12 April 2011 ~ 1 Comment

Finishing the Revolution

 I have just read two books coincidentally called The Unfinished Revolution (Kathleen Gerson, Oxford University Press, 2010) and The Incomplete Revolution (Gosta Esping-Andersen, Polity Press, 2009). The revolution to which they refer is the feminist movement, in particular the entry of women into the paid workforce.  Until this revolution is finished, we face “serious […]

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