not many childless women are yet willing to be spotlighted in the press, but that's partly because the press don't treat them as newsworthy, feature-worthy, in the first place. If they don't feel valued, it's a vicious circle. And yes, some of the key messages are hard to hear.
We haven't got it quite right yet. I still hear many women talking about the need to find balance between high-powered jobs and the other aspects of their lives. Women still need a hand because in some industries, it's like going back to the Ark.
For businesswomen, this year's International Women's Day, which took place earlier this month, presented something of a paradox...
As only the second female Lord Mayor since 1187, I found International Women's Day on Saturday 8 March an important opportunity to reflect on how attitudes towards gender and diversity have changed over the 106 years since it was first held, and to look to the future to see the challenges that still need to be tackled.
My view is that a woman who goes through life without taking any notice of society's perception of her becomes the most feared individual on the planet. This is because patriarchy wants to reduce her to an insecure, submissive female and as long as she rejects the notion of validation, she is perceived as a threat to the status quo.
Milly still catches herself doing things the way her former husband liked them done. "I can now see the extent to which I adjusted myself over the years to accommodate him, I even had to watch myself during the school run and not chat to other mums because I knew he would quiz me about it..
This last weekend, Rwanda was celebrated across the world on International Women's Day for its achievements in representation of women in public life...
They say there is never a right time to have a child, so why wait? I disagree, for most people there is a right time financially and psychologically.
Mother's Day is soon approaching and with International Women's Day last Saturday, suddenly everything seems to be about women, and Mums, and how much we really do learn from them. The people I look to for inspiration are all women, every single one of them.
According to the Cambridge dictionary, feminism is 'the belief that women should be allowed the same rights, power, and opportunities as men and be treated in the same way.' So, what I can't understand is why women are so reluctant to call themselves a feminist.
In terms of domestic abuse, 31% of women have experienced one or more incidents since the age of 16. It is worth bearing in mind that sexual violence and domestic abuse are vastly underreported, so even though the UK is on par with the rest of the world statistically, in reality these numbers are likely to be much higher.
Last Saturday saw the 114th International Women's Day. Recognised globally, the initiative aims to celebrate the social, political and economic achievements of women, while focusing on areas requiring further action. One such area, thrown to the top of the news agenda over past weeks, is women's position in both the senior ranks of business...
Feminism (and a concerted backlash against it) is all over the internet, all over the media and all over student campuses. Feminism is, like, "cool"...at last! Maybe it's not surprising then that in January Cameron said the UK should "lead the charge on women's equality worldwide". For a prime minister who isn't sure whether he's a feminist or not, that's quite a commitment.
The women of tomorrow are entering adolescence today. We know it can be one of the most challenging times in these girls' lives. Let's make sure they have the tools and support they need to overcome these challenges.
There is no doubt we still have a long way to go for gender equality in the workplace, but I do believe that International Women's Day is a day for celebrating our successes and the progress we continue to make.
On Saturday I marked International Women's Day by proudly marching in the name of ending male violence towards women and girls.