Why I have had enough of dude-centric finance films climate change financial sector Mar 25, 2021

You might remember Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Wolf of Wall Street”. It was a three hour long film where the financial sector was portrayed as a storming sea of cocaine, sex workers and testosterone.

Martin Scorsese the director tried SO HARD to make the characters in the film...

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Why chastity belts are a myth (but the exclusion of women from innovation is REAL) innovation Mar 18, 2021

Chastity belts are a myth. There was no “once upon a time in medieval Europe…” when knights going out on crusades locked their wives up in belts of metal to keep them chaste .

The whole story was invented hundreds of years later to make medieval people seem backward. My...

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Why we think of innovation as male - and why it's wrong economics innovation Mar 11, 2021

Anni Albers was a trailblazing artist who created modernist masterpieces.

After finishing one of her best works she gave it to her mother. Her mum was very grateful and immediately draped it over the piano and plonked a vase of flowers on top of it.

You see, Anni Albers happened to be...

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Why women don't have access to international markets business financial sector trade Mar 04, 2021

Around 4000 years ago a group of businesswomen wrote down their trials and tribulations on small tablets made from clay. The tablets were not bigger than the size of your hand. For millennia they survived hidden in the ground.

Today they have been found and translated.

The women were part of...

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What ABBA's outfits can tell us about gender bias in the tax code business taxpolicy Feb 25, 2021

ABBA’s costumes were all about the ruffles, the sequined jumpsuits, the sparkly dungarees, the tassels, the shiny fabrics, the platform shoes and the animal prints.

But there’s actually an economic story behind it.

That’s right. The look CAN NOT be blamed solely on the general...

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How microphone technology helps silence women innovation Feb 18, 2021

A woman on stage with a microphone is a woman who has already overcome many barriers to simply being there.

Then she has to deal with the technology….

This week the World Trade Organization appointed Nigerian economist Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as its director-general. She is the first...

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Why carers and prison officers should be paid the same care economics Feb 11, 2021

For over 24 years Kristine Bartlett had worked as an age-old carer on Te Ika-a-Māui, the north Island of New Zealand.

The year was 2011 and she loved her job. But she was earning just above minimum wage. The male gardeners cutting the grass outside the care homes were routinely paid more than the...

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Meeting Harry Styles and what it taught me about "gender contamination" in business branding business gender Feb 04, 2021

It was Harry Styles’ birthday this week, which is why I am going to tell you about the time I met him, and what it taught me about a phenomenon called “gender contamination” in business.    

This is what happened:

It was a few years ago at the press junket...

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Why it took until the 1990s to figure out that female birds can sing too... economics gender Jan 28, 2021

Charles Darwin hated peacocks. Even just one of the colourful feathers in the tail of the male peacock made the English biologist “sick whenever I gaze at it”. 

Why on earth would a male bird need to make such a colourful spectacle of himself? 

Eventually Darwin came up...

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