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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 You may think this is an outdated organisation, but surprisingly...

Zombie epidemic?

There was a bit of an uproar today about the use of tranquilisers by women. World Drug Report 2012, published by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime on Tuesday. The headlines read, ‘Stressed out women are turning to prescription drugs’. “Zombie epidemic’. ...

Don’t marry Mr Darcy. Pick your partner well

We should be careful what we let our daughters read. Many of us, as girls, have swooned over Mr D (in the book, not just the wet shirt), been challenged to save Mr Rochester or even succumbed to the questionable charms of Heathcliff – though probably not if we re-read...

Women of influence losing patience

⅔ now favour quotas and want men more involved A year ago the long-awaited Lord Davies report on women on boards came out and made specific recommendations to reach 25% female participation on the boards of FTSE350 companies. So we thought we’d ask women on the...

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