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Saturday night musings….

I never thought I’d live through times like this……

I watched “Outbreak“, “Contagion” and “I am Legend” but never thought I’d be drawing real-life comparisons with everyday life.

I never thought I’d watch as government after government told their populations to stay at home and, in the main, those populations do exactly that.

We rallied behind a common cause, we protected our most vulnerable by freely giving up our freedoms and it was absolutely the right thing to do but here’s the thing…..

I find myself wondering what makes Covid19 so special? Why do we not rally behind the cause of fighting racism, sexism, poverty and deprivation in the same way we have Covid 19?

We don’t need to give up our freedoms to fight these, in fact it’s probably the opposite. We need to make the most of our freedoms to shout loudly that we care. To rail against the injustices against our most vulnerable. To speak out for those with less power than us.

So why do we not? And will our realisation of what we can achieve from fighting the Covid 19 virus show us the power we have to fight other battles?

Or will we simply go back to doing what we’ve always done?

What will be our “new normal”?

Feminism, Tokenism or Sexism?

Originally posted as LinkedIn article

Well there’s an awful lot in the media about women in authority the last couple of days. Between female bishops in the Church of England and David Cameron’s ministerial reshuffle it’s all we’re hearing. So where is sexism in 2014? Does it still exist? Have things like female only shortlists helped or hindered?

I was very interested to read Dame Stephanie Shirley’s opinion as a female entrepreneur who set up her own company in 1962. She stated that today’s generation of women have it easier compared to then because of the changes in the law but also says that culture still needs to change & this will take time. To see the full article see here: Dame Stephanie Shirley article. She blazed a trail that really made a difference by directly employing other women in positions they wouldn’t have been considered for in other companies. Continue reading