Women do it better? Quotas, Role Models and Mentors – City Eye Blog

Martha LaneIt is the Fourth wave of Feminism says Kira Cochran.  Laura Bates of everyday sexism is named a Game Changer.  But it is not a time to get complacent.  Having lost yet another woman from Cabinet.  It doesn’t seem that women are going to make it to the highest levels of power anytime soon.  Which means it is unlikely that necessary legislation to  support women at home and in the workplace, is also extremely unlikely to happen.  Perhaps we have to look to the Ladies in the Lords. Some of our Baronesses are setting a fine example.  Lane-Fox of Soho

“The furore over the harassment of women on Twitter risks overshadowing the plight of victims of violence in the real world. There is no technological cure for misogyny, true progress can never be made unless equal outrage and attention are extended to those who suffered physical and verbal abuse at their homes and workplaces. At the root of the problem is the sexism, both explicit and implicit, that is still rampant in this country. We really do need to keep more focus on all the women who face harmful situations and actual violence against them. The debate must be focused on both ends of the spectrum,”

A crucial factor is that we need to have more highly visible women. Like it or not that means Quotas, Role Models and Mentors.

So here’s just a few of the achieving women to be going on with.

Lord Mayor Fiona Woolf who is using her Mayoral year to push for Diversity from the board room down through all levels.

Nicola Horclik of Rockpool Investments,  who has run a number of companies and had 6 children, believes  to surround yourself with talented people you will shine in the reflected glow, and the company flourishes.

Gail Kelly, is an Australian banker, head of Westpac, high on Forbes list of 100 most powerful women.  “Kelly surprised many when she hit her target of having women fill 40% of top managerial positions at Australia’s second largest bank two years early.” (Forbes)

She has recently announced $100 million, one of the largest philanthropic donations in Australian history.  The Westpac Bicentennial Foundation will offer up to 100 educational scholarships and awards each year, looking to address a lack of females in the IT industry, provide up to 40 places for undergraduate students to study in Asia and foster community leaders.

She also supports retaining mature staff.

“Westpac’s executive floor is comprised of a bunch of relative youngsters and Kelly is keenly aware of the need to both promote the “bright young things” while retaining the grey hairs who know where the skeletons lie.” Melbourne Age

Oh, and she has a silver pixie haircut, and a husband, and 4 children, including triplets. Thought you needed to know those crucial facts.

So it seems that not only are some women good at business, or several businesses, but they manage to do good things along the way, and “have it all in terms of family life”.

But you need good support systems, either husband, family, but more crucially affordable childcare. Betty Boothroyd speaks of one woman MP who had to give up because all her money went on child care.  It couldn’t happen here could it?  Not while the stale pale male, has a firm hand on the tiller, employment, legislation and beliefs.

 Time for a shift in limiting beliefs.

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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 ionthecity.wordpress.com

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