It’s a mother of a day

Timed no doubt to chime with this weekend's Mothering Sunday, Kate Middleton spoke at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists this week of her experience of motherhood, "Personally, becoming a mother has been such a rewarding and wonderful experience. However, at times it has also been a huge challenge. Even for me, who has support at home … Continue reading It’s a mother of a day

It looks like handbags at dawn for these head girls

The roaring row this week between the First Minister of Scotland and the Prime Minister looks set to become a proper female feud - up there with fashion designers, Elsa Schiaparelli and Coco Chanel - who “accidentally” set Schiaparelli on fire by pushing her into a candle chandelier, in a moment of rivalrous madness. Nicola Sturgeon's determination to force another Scottish referendum … Continue reading It looks like handbags at dawn for these head girls

We want she-Bobbies, with faults and all

Have a little think about the Police. Who comes to mind? A man in uniform, likely.   Quickly imagine a police detective? That'll be Rebus, Maigret, Wallander, Frost, Zen, Morse, or Columbo then? Yes there's a theme here. We think of the police as men, yes we do. And the women who come to mind are probably … Continue reading We want she-Bobbies, with faults and all

Let’s help Renee & Courteney out

 “Americans think ageing is something to be pitied, or ignored. The French know that the good things in life get better with age!” Jeanne Moreau. Promoting her new film, Bridget Jones’s Baby,  this week has reheated the "has she, hasn't she (had plastic surgery) debate for Renee Zellweger.  In an attempt to quell the spiteful speculation she … Continue reading Let’s help Renee & Courteney out

The wonder of a city wander

So reader - do you feel comfortable walking our city streets? Do you ever walk with no agenda or appointment or map? Are you happy to wander in an urban area without accompaniment (other than your normal commute)? And when alone, do you feel more conspicuous? My guess, your answers - especially if you are female - are … Continue reading The wonder of a city wander

Who’s got their blue stockings on?

As the political quick-storms continue, Britain's second-only female Prime Minister moves like lighting into number 10 Downing Street (sometimes you have to take the great opportunity that comes your way...) Much is being said about Theresa May, her political career, her marriage, her dress sense and her liking for kitten-heeled shoes.  She has also been called a … Continue reading Who’s got their blue stockings on?

Women paying for a public life

Had you noticed the growing concern for the security of women in politics this year? Or was Jo Cox's assassination the first time you realized the scale of the fear? Perhaps it's been a media slow-burner but this year has already been one of more decisive action. On March 8th Madeleine Albright published the article, A hidden reality: … Continue reading Women paying for a public life

Picturing domestic abuse

Source: Hollywood Life But we know she's not alone.The statistics are horrendous. Worldwide, almost one-third (30%) of all women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence by their intimate partner, in some regions this is much higher. Furthermore, globally as many as 38% of all murders of women are committed by intimate partners (WHO).  Chad, Afghanistan and … Continue reading Picturing domestic abuse

Lasting impressions

Remembering some other remarkable lives of women who have recently died. All admirable achievers in their fields; their work will live on: as contributors, as role-models, as individuals . Zaha Hadid, Architect (1950-2016) Born in Baghdad in 1950 and based in London, Hadid was perhaps the most successful female architect therehas ever been. She was one … Continue reading Lasting impressions

Having a laugh on the long road for funny women

  Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps; for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are, and what they ought to be.” William Hazlitt “On Wit and Humour” 1819.   The heartfelt tributes to Victoria Wood last week showed, however much she personally disliked the label, her status … Continue reading Having a laugh on the long road for funny women