Why Gareth Southgate could not be a woman Jul 07, 2021

I apologise to international readers in advance.

But this week’s newsletter will be about the men’s football/soccer.

I’m sorry.

And HERE WE GO!

At the moment all of England seems to be IN LOVE with one man. It’s of course the manager of the England national team: ...

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Male billionaires in rockets won't solve the climate emergency Jun 30, 2021

Apparently people believe that going to space will CHANGE Jeff Bezos.

As you know the Amazon founder is flying to space this month.

“If you see the earth from space, it changes you” Bezos has said.

He is referring to what’s called the “overview effect”...

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How Good Ideas Get Ignored In An Economy Built For Men Jun 23, 2021

Today was the day.

My book Mother of Invention: How Good Ideas Get Ignored In An Economy Built For Men is now out in the UK. Hurray!

And if you want to find out why it took 5000 years for us to put wheels on suitcases (HINT: it has to do with gender) you can read my piece in The...

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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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