What does gender inequality at work look like?

In under two minutes, the Mayors Office London gives an impactful, visual demonstration of how it can feel for women to climb the career ladder. Sure, you can argue that there are exceptions, but in general, from my own experience, as well as what data is beginning to more publicly show, women need to work …

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Girls toys and boys toys experiment – very interesting eyeopener

There has been much discussion in recent years about girls and boys toys and clothing.  This short experiment from BBC illustrates it really well.  Volunteers were asked to simply play with a young child, but didn't know that the girls were dressed as boys and vice versa.  From a selection of toys, consistently, boys were …

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Movie Review: The Greatest Showman

It's been a long time since I've thoroughly enjoyed a movie.  Thanks to The Greatest Showman for bringing me that pleasure! https://youtu.be/AXCTMGYUg9A I first watched it while on holidays in Australia with my mum, then took my girls the week later while we were in New Zealand.  I don't think I've ever been to a …

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Research on parents and older children whose parents have separated

ARE YOU A PARENT WHO HAS EXPERIENCED SEPARATION?  ARE YOU AN OLDER ADOLESCENT OR YOUNG ADULT WHOSE PARENTS HAVE SEPARATED?  WOULD YOU LIKE TO TELL US ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCES?  Whether these were good, bad or indifferent, they are all important to developing understanding of how families get along together after divorce and separation. Shared care …

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Do you know what drains and recharges you? Topping up your personal battery pack

After a particularly draining day today, for no apparent reason, I had the image in my mind that I felt a little like a battery that was almost empty.  For many parents balancing family and work, this is a long term feeling that we have often learned to live with, right? Does it have to be …

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Annemiek Mensert: Shell Upstream International

Today I'm honoured to share the story of Annemiek Mensert, 43, who lives not far from me in The Hague, The Netherlands.  We met via our daughters - they are best friends at school.  Anne Sophie is 6 years old (as is my daughter, Isabella). I already greatly liked and admired Annemiek and recently have …

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