In this age of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc. we are increasingly living our lives through the eyes (and comments) of other people. Have you ever stopped to think about how and what this means to you on a personal, emotional level? If someone 'Likes' your post does that give you a boost? Is your sense of self dependent on how many virtual 'friends' or re-tweets you have?
A very elite set of leading women, from the world of UK media gathered at the grand stationers hall in St Pauls this week, to debate the experience of 'WOMEN IN MEDIA'. In association with Huffington Post and the London Evening Standard, leading figures from TV, print and online addressed the role of women in media.
One Young World's delegates of 2013 voted overwhelmingly to include youth unemployment as one of the six plenary topics discussed at this year's Summit in Johannesburg. Delegate speakers from the UK, France, Burundi, China, Nigeria and Turkey all showcased entrepreneurial initiatives and models that have been successful in lowering youth unemployment.
The higher women get the fewer there are, and the less they are paid. Yet girls get better grades, are the majority at university and are the majority of junior managers. A McKinsey study in 2012 showed exactly the same pattern at over 60 companies surveyed. It seems that even after all these years, ladies still slip off the ladder.
On Tuesday evening at Bafta in London, nearly 300 women - and a 'few good men' - gathered to discuss how we redefine success in the 21st Century. Hosted by myself and Arianna Huffington, HuffPost UK's inaugural women's conference addressed an issue facing both women and men across the globe: how do we strive for success in a world where money and power are the only metrics of success, and yet those metrics are to the detriment of so much else human beings hold as important. Where is the place for wellbeing, for giving back, for mindfulness, for health and happiness?
Alternative health, including therapies such as homeopathy, naturopathy and kinesiology has often been considered flaky and new age, sitting on the fringes of society. So when I made the decision to jack in my well-paid marketing job to do some strange unknown therapy called Kinesiology, my family were a little bemused.
This year marks the centenary of famous Suffragette martyr Emily Wilding Davison's tragic death at the Epsom races. This event and the work of the Suffragette movement have made me stop to think about how far we women have come in the last 100 years and how much more there is to be done to help the next generation achieve success.