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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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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