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“Girls just need support, encouragement and mentoring to follow through with the sciences.” – Sally Ride

April 8, 2010

There’s a really nice article on BBC News, continuing the story of four women in space. The focus is on Naoko Yamazaki, the second Japanese woman to go into space. Her story embodies what the fight for equality is about for me, because she isn’t a woman that ‘has it all’. She doesn’t do space…

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“Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good.” – Charlotte Whitton

April 3, 2010

March was women’s month in many ways, from it being Women’s History Month in the U.S. to International Women’s Day on March 8th, but now that it’s all over, it’s nice to see that we’re not out of the news just yet. Here’s quick round-up of the latest: Asian women set to make Westminster breakthrough:…

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“The best way to shatter the glass ceiling, she said, is first to shatter the myth that you can have it all.” – Mrs Moneypenny

March 7, 2010

Monday is International Women’s Day 2010. I had expected one of the FT writers, a Mrs Moneypenny, to write about it – because she touches on a range of interesting issues around women in business – but instead she chose to ignore it and focused on something else. It’s an unheard, unsaid, shameful truth: women…

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“Nothing travels faster than the speed of light with the possible exception of bad news, which obeys its own special laws.” – Douglas Adams

January 11, 2010

Last Friday, the Royal Institution made it’s director, Susan Greenfield, redundant. The decision itself was far more melodramatic than that statement, from the information garnered by the media. It’s said that staff were given thirty minutes notice to attend a meeting in which it was announced by the chief executive, that she was locked out…

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“Basically, all my life I’d been told you can’t do that because you’re female. So I guess I just didn’t pay any attention.” – Shannon Lucid

December 19, 2009

Almost every male-dominated scientific discipline I know has a ‘Women in…’ group to go along with it. Women in Aerospace was established over 20 years ago, unsurprisingly in the US, to support the American women who were fortunate enough to take advantage of the industry spawned by NASA. Women in Aerospace Europe was only founded…

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“Diversity is not about how we differ. Diversity is about embracing one another’s uniqueness.” Ola Joseph

October 17, 2009

Diversity in investment banks is a contentious issue. I tend to focus my attention on graduate recruitment, because it’s the easiest way to see what the demographics of the future workforce will be like. I have a friend that joined the technology graduate scheme of one large American bank a couple years ago, and was…

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“The Problem is Really in the Environment” – Anthony Greenwald

October 6, 2009

I started a new job a couple months ago and had to undergo diversity training, as is the norm for all new joiners. While the session was fairly typical, the discussion on bias versus prejudice led to our instructor telling us to Google the Harvard Implicit Association Test to see what our individual bias is…

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