Why amazing parental leave won't set women free Oct 28, 2021

There’s a story of an American tourist visiting Stockholm. After an afternoon walking around the Swedish capital she turns to her Swedish host and asks:

- Hey, what’s up with all the gay nannies!

NO, this story is probably not true.

But YES  the sight of a lot of DADS pushing...

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What to say to men who brag about how much they work Oct 21, 2021

I don’t know how much you follow British politics.

But there used to be this guy advising Boris Johnson called Dominic Cummings.

Benedict Cumberbatch played him in a film about Brexit.

(Yes there is a film about Brexit).

He was also quite instrumental in getting the UK to...

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Why most chefs are men while cooking at home is still seen as women’s work Oct 14, 2021

Two different readers of this newsletter brought up the same question this week: how can cooking still be seen as women’s work while most professional chefs are men?

This reminded me of a conversation I had some time ago with my friend Margaretha.

We were basically ranting about a...

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Do women earn less because they choose the wrong degrees? Oct 07, 2021

Women earn less because they choose the wrong degrees, study finds” a headline in the Telegraph stated the other day.

It made many people angry.

Because what many people heard was:

“The gender pay gap is women’s own damn fault!”

However.

That’s not what it...

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It's not Bill Gates vs. Greta Thunberg! Sep 30, 2021

“You can think of it as Bill versus Greta”.

That’s what Steven Pinker said to The Guardian this week about the debate on climate change.

“Bill” in this case is Bill Gates (an American billionaire).

“Greta” in this case is Greta Thunberg (a Swedish...

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The career advantages I have had BECAUSE I'm a woman Sep 22, 2021

When I was 26 I was offered a rather big media job with a correspondingly big salary and all the trimmings.  

I turned it down.

It wasn’t for me.

At the time it rather puzzled me why they would offer this job to someone who was 26. But I was aware enough to see that one of the reasons...

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Why the robots might be coming for the men - not the women Sep 15, 2021

In his new book “Exponential” Azeem Azhar tells a story about a bear.

Two friends (Fred and Indrek) are hiking in the mountains, they need a rest and stop to take off their shoes. SUDDENLY a hungry bear appears. Fred slowly starts to put on his shoes.

Indrek doesn’t understand.

...
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The ABBA reunion and what it taught me about openness around money Sep 08, 2021

Last week I was at the BIG ABBA ANNOUNCEMENT in East London.

There was a lot of secrecy around it. The big NEWS turned out to be the reunion of the band.

The first ABBA album in 40 years!

When I got home my husband asked me how the press event had been. What had Björn and...

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Don’t be like Elsa in Frozen II when it comes to climate change Sep 01, 2021

This summer has changed how many of us think about climate change.

And as I...

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How much “glamour labour” did you do this week? Aug 25, 2021

A few years back I flew to New York to interview Michelle Obama. It was of course a huge honour. But at the time my primary focus was to not throw up. I was pregnant and suffering from something I REFUSE  to call morning sickness because it went on ALL DAY.

This is probably why my...

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Why men don't read books by women Aug 18, 2021

-       Did you ever think of omitting the word “mother” from the title of your book? 

I was asked this question recently during a podcast interview (My latest book is called Mother of Invention).

At first I didn’t even understand the...

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Alexa does have a body - and it’s not Michael B Jordan’s Aug 11, 2021

My friend Denise recently sent me the Amazon superbowl ad starring Michael B Jordan. Apparently it had been seen by 110 million people at the time.

But yes, I had missed it…

The ad is called “Alexa’s body”. Basically, it is about a woman imagining her Alexa lives...

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