Quotas - 100% women

Businesswomen in Saudi Arabia have proposed a women-only city so that career minded women can have the privacy accorded them by Sharia customs. Creating 5,000 jobs, this will give women greater independence while observing gender separation at work. There will be training opportunities to develop women’s talents in the initial areas of textiles, pharmaceuticals and food processing....more

Sponsorship – the new holy grail for women?

Definition: SPONSORSHIP – a more intensive and higher-stake form of mentorship.We’re now 9 months on from Catalyst’s ground-breaking report on Sponsorship.  Sponsoring Women to Succeed (Catalyst – November 2011) argues that the only way women can reach the C-Suite is by having a high-positioned sponso...more

Happiness in the Workplace

BBC Radio 5 was discussing Happiness with Averil Leimon this week .for several seconds! The Office of Statistics brings out a new report today about well being and health. Questions they have asked before include:  How satisfied are you with your life nowadays? 76% of people said – 7 or more out of 10. ...more

The Women's Olympics

The Lord Davies Report may have galvanised us last year, but it’s the Olympics that have moved women – and gender diversity in sport – forward in giant leaps this year. While Team GB has astounded us with their medal-winning prowess, the major theme of London 2012 has been all about women....more

Is a pay-gap audit the only way forward?

Despite equal-pay legislation being in place for 40 years, the UK gender pay gap remains one of the highest in the EU. On average women in the UK earn about 15% less than men. And in London the pay gap is higher at 23%....more

Give girls better role models

Last month the Girl Guide Association published a follow-up to its 2011 study: Girls Attitude Survey. More than half of the 11 to 21-year olds who responded think there aren’t enough female role models. You may think this is an outdated organisation, but surprisingly more than 33% of girls and young women aged 7 to 21 have been involved in guiding at some point in their lives. And 50% of British women have been Brownies....more