Sigmund Freud famously said: What do women want?

Here are a few suggestions on the topic of what women want, gleaned from various interviews:
Fiona Mactaggart
Fiona Mactaggart Representing Slough for Labour

“The Defense Select Committee. When it was men it was all about how big the weapons are, now we talk about women and the families of service personnel. Women by their very presence have an effect.”

Anne Summers Australian Feminist

“Sex discrimination legislation, affirmative action legislation, major development of child care.“

“I ran the Office of the Status of Women in 1983 to 1986  for Bob Hawke. I was a femocrat, women infiltrating the bureaucracy. We had strong political support, and we were able to do a lot of things.“

“One major development was child care. Quotas are absolutely essential. We won’t get anywhere without them.”

Harini Iyngar Candidate standing for the Women’s Equality Party

“When you have a law, made by similar kinds of men of similar social class, who then consider it in Parliament, the same kind of people, in Committee, and again in the High Court – is not the same as representing women‘s diverse interest in the political  process itself”

“I do believe that, when we have equal numbers of men and women, it changes the culture”

Dame Margaret Hodge

“We just bring a different perspective to everything we do. I always say that women ministers in the Blair-Brown govt achieved things that just would never have happened if we hadn’t been there.”

“Maternity rights, maternity pay and introducing the “right to child care” strategy, which has never been let go, even with this lot.”

Kate Green was Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities.

“I suppose what first got me really politically angry, and aware, was being a young woman at the start of 1980.“

“The height of Thatcher’s destruction, ultimately of the economic and social infrastructure. I was shocked. I seriously thought she might take us into a nuclear war.“

“All around us were young people sleeping on the streets, industries collapsing. It was a scary time to be young!“

Prosser Baroness President of the Trades Union Congress

“In 1968 the strike of the Women Sewing machinists at Ford Dagenham launched the battle for equal pay.“

“In the face of not a great deal of support, they thought this is bloody unfair and stuck to their guns. In fact they had to challenge it twice as a result of the European Union making another claim possible: the concept of equal value”

Dame Athene Donald Equality Champion at Cambridge and Royal Society

“Why don’t more girls become engineers? Right from birth we start to differentiate. It is massively bad for both, boys have plenty of careers they would feel uncomfortable pursuing.“

“We are to some extent going backwards to a world when boys wear blue and girls wear pink and toys are divided. My generation and my children’s didn’t have pink lego. It’s marketing and the media.”

Dr Elizabeth Gordon Surgeon: Co-founder in 1975 of what would become Freedom From Torture

“I was surprised that an anti-female attitude persisted into 1970s in my profession.“

“When I applied for my consultancy, I was warned, not in an unkindly way, that as that a woman, I was too left wing, and there was a strong Masonic element in the profession.“

“At the interview panel it was all men, not even a female note-taker.”

Baroness Martha Lane Fox

“At the root of the problem is the sexism, both explicit and implicit, that is still rampant in this country. We need to flush it out.“

“It would be a great shame if the debate was restricted to a cacophony of noise about social media. We really do need to keep more focus on all the women who face harmful situations and actual violence against them.“

Professor Susan Greenfield  Research Neuroscientist

“I was in for a science prize in the states. When I came second, a male colleague rang. He said, well you are foreign and you are a woman. It was said in all kindness, that will explain everything. A foreigner and a woman.“


About the author

City Eye became interested in Overlooked and Overshadowed women, both in contemporary times and through out history. The former would include the women passed over for the Nobel in favour of their male colleagues. The later would be the wives of famous men, such as Mrs. Mandela. Her study of women written out of history, led her to interviews with interesting and inspirational women, (and some men). Extracts will be published in the articles. In no way is this men versus women, as to who is better. Simply that an overly macho, military, testosterone fueled environment, mainly men, needs the balancing attributes, often, though not exclusively, assigned to women: caring, conciliation, communication. Find out more: City Eye Blog ©christina

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