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“You have to write the book you have to write.” – Julie Myerson

May 3, 2009

An article appeared on parenting.com/CNN’s International website a few days ago: Why I didn’t want a girl. It’s the story of a woman with two sons, told that she’s expecting a daughter. And she doesn’t like it. I don’t mind people having baby gender preferences in principle; to each her own. Preferences are just that…

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“I wish people spent as much time planning when to get pregnant […] as they do planning their next vacation.” – Sarah Brown

April 12, 2009

Twitter is one of those odd social networking sites. Everyone’s heard of it, only some people understand it, and an even smaller subset use it. Some celebrities stay as far away as possible (e.g. David Tennant/Catherine Tate/John Barrowman on Radio 2 yesterday in the build-up to the new Doctor Who episode all happily exclaimed that…

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“My life is good because I am not passive about it. I want to nourish what is real, and I want to do it without wasting time.” – Gwyneth Paltrow

April 11, 2009

I was looking at The Next Women the other day, and found an unlikely heroine Female Hero of the Month listed in their sidebar: Gwyneth Paltrow. Before I continue, let me make it clear that I abhor most of modern day celebrity culture. I dislike paparazzi, the havoc they create, the media that takes advantage…

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“Success is a mixture of skills, competence, luck and hard work: with a bit of effort, I believe the world can be at our feet.” – Julie Payette

March 28, 2009

My MacBook was hospitalised at the ever-trustworthy Apple Store last week. When Tuesday, March 24th, rolled around, I was sadly unable to take part in Ada Lovelace Day, for which I had pledged to blog about a woman in technology. Interestingly enough, when I loaded my feed reader on iPhone, I found that a lot…

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“I think you have a moral responsibility when you’ve been given far more than you need, to do wise things with it…” – J. K. Rowling

March 26, 2009

Two fun facts I learned this week: 66%+ of the world’s work is carried out by women Women own 1% of the world’s property Source: The United Nations Information Center. So it’s interesting to see that according to the 2004 Survey of Consumer Finances, women, despite earning less for all the work they do, and…

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“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men and women are created equal.” – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

March 8, 2009

It’s that time of year: International Women’s Day. I know that it’s coming every year, but I didn’t know about the history until I decided to look it up this year. The United Nations tells the story of political protests in the USA in the early 1900’s to peace rallies on the eve of World…

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“No woman is required to build the world by destroying herself.” – Rabbi Sofer

February 4, 2009

That time of year approaches – the day that generates one million cards for the postman, second only to Christmas. But more often than not, I hear people complaining about the over-commercialisation of Valentine’s Day, moaning about being alone, or being angry at receiving unwanted explicit anonymous cards. The one person that I recall being…

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