Roofs on cars were considered "feminine" - so the car industry rejected them Jun 16, 2021

It has been very hot in large parts of England this week. Then the other evening the rain came. I was on my way back from the train station and was very happy to be in a car with a roof.

You see, we can’t take these things for granted.

YES even roofs on cars have to do with gender.

Let me...

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Male billionaires go to space- women are left on the ground Jun 09, 2021

The other day, over dinner, my friend told me a very familiar story. About how she needs to start thinking seriously about the prospect of her business failing next year.

Not because she’s not selling a lot of products to a lot of customers.

But because she has trouble securing funding.

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Why the lack of pockets on women's clothes is an economic issue Jun 02, 2021

Have you noticed how pockets are marketed to women as if they were ROCKET SCIENCE?

I recently bought a pencil skirt and the company told me all about how “innovative” the design was because it had pockets.

But COME ON.

Tailors on the Savile Row devised a standard male suit with 17...

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Female leaders have NOT fared significantly better in the pandemic May 25, 2021

It was a very comforting narrative, wasn’t it?

It was TOO comforting.

When the pandemic hit last year the political response soon became tangled up in a big story about gender and leadership. Countries led by women were doing better, we heard. Oh, to live in New Zealand and be under...

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My mum didn't have to be a #girlboss to study computing May 19, 2021

When my mother got pregnant with me she decided to retrain. She went to university to study computer science. Today this sounds like a very #girlboss thing to do - a brave young woman with a baby in tow sets out to become a computer programmer…

But it wasn’t #girlboss.

It...

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The HUGE economic consequences of women attributing their success to “luck” May 12, 2021

Once upon a time a woman was asked about the success of her company. She smiled and said:

-      I have been really lucky….

Once upon a, very similar, time a man was asked about his success. He smiled and said.

-      I have always been...

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What Elon Musk's idea about masculinity has to do with your self-driving car not working May 05, 2021

Last week Elon Musk took to Twitter in order to FINALLY explain to the world why those self-driving cars that we were told would be everywhere in 2021 are still, well, not really anywhere in our daily lives

He wrote:

“A major part of real-world AI has to be...

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Woman invents mobile phone technology but we don't count her as an inventor... Apr 28, 2021

Gloria Steinem once wrote how she was not AT ALL surprised by studies showing that women’s intellectual self-esteem tended to go down as their years of education went up.

“No wonder” Steinem wrote “we have been studying our own absence.”

The more years you study your...

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Women over 50 are not an economic problem Apr 21, 2021

Back in 2013 three esteemed male scientists published a paper arguing that the reason menopause exists is basically because of Leonardo DiCaprio.

Well, they didn’t EXACTLY put it like that…

“Leonardo DiCaprio” is not the correct scientific term. I’m using...

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Women are NOT happy working for (chocolate covered) peanuts Apr 14, 2021

You have probably heard of Dr Kariko by now. Katalin Kariko is one of the big heroes of Covid-19 vaccine development. She is the Hungarian-born scientist who spent decades working on mRNA which has become the foundation for the vaccines made by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna.

This week the New...

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Why status seems to follow men in the economy climate change Apr 08, 2021

I have been thinking a lot about the fact that the British government apparently thought it was a good idea to host a major international climate change summit using an all-male team.

It really was one of these genuinely puzzling decisions.

As you know Britain is the host of the...

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Men are more emotional at work - but women are the ones punished for being emotional... business Apr 01, 2021

A male friend of mine once threw an epic fit at work. He shouted at his editor for over an hour about the placement of a semicolon. The whole newsroom was watching.

Now there are two things I admire about this episode. First of course that my friend knows about semicolons. I personally still...

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